The Château d’Esclans is located in the heart of the Var, on an exceptional site in the valley of Esclans on the heights of La Motte . The original castle was built before the 12th century and rebuilt in the middle of the 19th century, inspired by the style of the Tuscan villas. Today, the property covers 267 hectares and operates 74 hectares of exceptional quality vineyards planted in AOP Côtes de Provence. It should increase very soon its field of a potential of about 60 hectares of vineyards of the same quality.
Château d’Esclans, the leader of the American Rosé de Provence wine market, led by Sacha Lichine, joins Moët Hennessy’s Wines & Spirits portfolio. Alix AM PTE Limited, a 50% partner of Sacha Lichine since 2008, sells all of its shares to Moët Hennessy while Sacha Lichine sells a 5% stake. Moët Hennessy becomes a 55% shareholder alongside Sacha Lichine, President of Château d’Esclans, who retains the management of the estate and the responsibility for future development, sealing a long-term alliance with Moët Hennessy.
Sacha Lichine took over the Château d’Esclans in 2006 and upset the world of wine by producing high-end rosé wines. With the support of his wine team who helped produce high quality rosés in Côtes-de-Provence, Sacha Lichine has managed to make this wine a luxury product, recognized worldwide. The main grape varieties of the estate are Grenache and Rolle or Vermentino, spread over several complementary terroirs, which allows an unparalleled complexity and finesse of the Château’s wines. These rosé cuvées are then vinified like the best wines and aged in half-oak barrels.
Through its highly qualitative approach, Sacha Lichine has enabled the Rosés de Provence from Château d’Esclans and its winemaking subsidiary to establish itself as a reference on the world market and to conquer the United States by becoming the market leader. . Indeed, thanks to the famous brand “Garrus”, the most prestigious prestigious rosé wine in the world, and “Whispering Angel”, the best-selling French rosé wine in the United States, Sacha Lichine has managed to create a collection must-see wines for lovers of Rosé de Provence, awarded with numerous awards.
Sacha LICHINE – President of Château d’Esclans says:
“I am very happy about the merger with Moët Hennessy and to be able, with this great group by my side, to continue to develop the estate by producing and making discover and share with our customers all over the world our Rosé de Provence wines of excellence. . When I bought Château d’Esclans in 2006, the idea was to produce a rosé associated with the image of a great wine. Today, with the teams of Château d’Esclans, I have created a portfolio of wines and brands recognized in France and internationally and I write this in a vision of strong growth over the next few years.”
Philippe SCHAUS – Chief Executive Officer of Moët Hennessy says:
“We are very proud to be associated with the reputation of Château d’Esclans and its high quality wines. The revolution that Sacha Lichine brought to the world of Rosé de Provence and the international development that resulted from it, demonstrate the unfailing vision of a man of conviction and strong of his values. Moët Hennessy will provide support from his teams around the world to help Sacha Lichine continue this wonderful adventure.”
SOURCE Moet Hennessy; Castle Esclans