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Chateau d'Esclans Les Clans Rose 2010

Rosé from Provence, France
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Winemaker Notes

Les Clans is the first of the higher end cuvees and marks a major departure in the flight as well as the way Rose typically tastes. This uniquely delicious wine drinks like a high end Burgundian white wine with a buttery and minerally finish.

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JS 93
James Suckling
A little more bronze-colored. This shows cream, peach and apples with a full body, roundness and a long finish. Grenache, Rolle, Tibouren, Cinsault and Syrah.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Intense and well-structured, with some tannic power behind the vibrant, creamy flavors of cherry, blackberry and wild plum. Ginger and smoke notes linger into the long, rich finish. Very distinctive.
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Chateau d'Esclans

Chateau d'Esclans

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Chateau d'Esclans, Provence, France
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Also enchanted by the Provence his father speaks of with emotion, Sacha Alexis Lichine, convinced by the potential of these sun-drenched soils, become the owner, with the Angostura group, of Chateau d'Esclans in 2006. Since then, he hasn't ceased to combine his talent and know-how to this magical terroir, and has given a new dimension to Provence Rose, making a unique assemblage of refinement and pleasure. A new chapter has begun in the world of Rose.

Patrick Leon has unparalleled experience in making among the great wines of the world. Leon served as a Managing Director for Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, overseeing technical departments including the company's vineyards and winemaking facilities for Chateau Mouton Rothschild, d'armailhac, Clerc Milon, le Petit Mouton, Aile d'Argent, Opus One in California, Almaviva in Chile, Domaine de Lambert & Barn' Arques in the Languedoc, Mouton Cadet in Bordeaux as well as other wines in the Baron Phillipe de Rothschild portfolio, including Escudo Rojo in Chile. Patrick's wide breadth of experience and knowledge has established the foundation to becoming a consulting oenologist and working with Sacha Lichine in this capacity. Towards that end, Patrick has been instrumental in overseeing the wine making for Chateau d’Esclans. Patrick Leon's guidance and his enduring counsel have made an immeasurable difference to making all the Lichine wines as great as they are.

Chateau d'Esclans is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort. The surrounding land around Chateau d'Esclans is known as La Vallee des Esclans (the valley of the clans).

Provence

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More than just a European vacation hotspot and the rosé capital of the world, Provence is a coastal, southeastern appellation of France increasingly producing interesting wines of all colors. The warm, breezy Mediterranean climate is ideal for grape growing and the diverse terrain and soil types allow for a variety of wine styles within the region. Adjacent to the Rhône Valley, Provence shares some characteristics with its northwestern neighbor—namely, the fierce Mistral wind and the plentiful wild herbs (such as rosemary, lavender, juniper, and thyme) known as ‘garrigue.’ The largest appellation here is Côtes de Provence, followed by Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence.

Provence is internationally acclaimed for its dry, refreshing, pale-hued rosé wines which make up the vast majority of the region’s production. These are typically blends, often dominated by Mourvèdre and supplemented by Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren, and other varieties.

A small amount of full-bodied, herbal white wine is made here—particularly from the Cassis appellation, from Clairette and Marsanne. Other white varieties used throughout Provence include Roussane, Sémillon, Vermentino (known locally as Rolle) and Ugni blanc.

Perhaps the most interesting wines of the region, however, are the red wines of Bandol. Predominantly Mourvèdre, these are powerful, structured, and ageworthy wines with lush berry fruit and savory characteristics of earth and spice.

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