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The RAFI Drop: Chateau d’Esclans
Meet The Maker: Chateau d’Esclans
This month’s RAFI Drop showcases the world class rose – Whispering Angel.
Chateau d’Esclans, lies in the heart of Provence, just north east of St. Tropez, overlooking the enchanting La Vallée d’Esclans (the Esclans Valley). Acquired by Sacha Lichine in 2006, his vision was to craft the greatest rosés in the world, sparking became known as the “Rosé Renaissance”.
Join us at RAFI from Monday 4th December – Saturday 27th January between 3pm – 6pm, to experience this wine as part of The RAFI Drop.
About The RAFI Drop
2021 ‘Whispering Angel’ Rosé from Provence
Whispering Angel brand has been instrumental in the recent rise in Provence rosé popularity, with the brand being one of the most recognised rosé wines in the world.
Made with a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Rolle (Vermentino) grapes, it has a pale pink hue which is immediately pleasing to the eye. With flavours of fresh red berries, pink grapefruit and juicy peach. It has a lively acidity and a smooth, round finish. This youthful wine is the perfect match for ceviche or any light seafood dish – especially our South Coast Tuna!
About The Winemaker
Born in Bordeaux and educated in the U.S., Sacha Lichine began his winemaking journey at Chateau Prieuré Lichine, his family’s estate. His time at the estate fuelled his passion for wine, shaping his career. Influenced by his father Alexis Lichine, learning about wine first-hand soon turned into a way of life.
Acquiring Chateau d’Esclans in Provence in 2006, Sacha crafted a renowned brand, contributing to the Rosé’s exceptional growth.
“In the Esclans Valley angels whisper. If you drink this wine, you might hear them… If you visit us, you might see them.” – Sacha Lichine
About The Winery
Chateau d’Esclans produces Whispering Angel using grapes sourced from select vineyards in the Esclans Valley and nearby in the Cotes de Provence region.
The harvesting process is meticulous, always taking place in the early morning or night to maintain the grape’s freshness by avoiding daytime heat. The grapes undergo careful sorting to ensure only the finest quality grapes are used. Once sorted, they undergo soft crushing followed by rapid temperature reduction to ensure freshness and vivacity is maintained. The grapes are fermented in 100% stainless steel tanks which are temperature controlled to reduce oxidisation.