Château d’Esclans is located on an exceptional plot of elevated land in the department of Var, where the majority of Provence AOC rosé is produced. The first history of the original chateau’s site dates back to Gaullist times during which its location served as a lookout point to spot intruders arriving by boat into the Gulf of Frejus. The original chateau which only exists today as the foundation of the modern cellar and estate dates back to 1201 when it was given by the Comte de Provence to Gérard De Villeneuve. Sacha Lichine aquired Château d’Esclans in 2006 and under his ownership, the flagship Whispering Angel has arguably become the World’s most famous Rose. The primary grape grown on the estate is Grenache followed by Vermentino as well as including Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Tibouren, all hailing from the surrounding region of La Motte in Provence. The blend consists of Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle (Vermentino), Syrah and Tibouren. Chateau d’Esclans is known for its old Grenache vines some of which are as old as 90 years of age,a dn which produce grapes with a desired greater concentration.
The magnificent chateau of Miraval was first built in the ancient Provencal village of Correns in the 17th century, and its 50 hectares of terraced vineyards were notably purchased by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 who were married in its chapel in 2014. They installed the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel fame to oversee the winemaking of the estate, who take such extra measures as hand-picking the grapes in the coolness of the morning and hand sorting them twice to ensure that only the best grapes go into the final wine, which is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle and Syrah. Each variety is fermented separately in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks and then blended post fermentation to achieve the desired pale pink colour, enticing aromas of raspberries, cherries and hints of garrigue as well as a mouth-watering freshness and acidity. The first modern vintage of Chateau Miraval was released in 2012 and was it met with high praise from leading wine critics around the world, being named “the best rose in the world” by the Wine Spectator.
Domaine de Triennes
Domaine de Triennes was founded in 1989 by two superstars of Burgundy, Jacques Seyss of Domaine Dujac and Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. The name of the estate comes from the triennia, which are the festivities held in honour of Bacchus that took place every third years in Roman times. This 50 hectare south-facing estate is located high up in the hills of the Var region of Provence, where vines have been grown here for over two thousand years. Thanks to the elevation of the vineyards, the grapes ripen slowly from the cool evenings to fashion an undeniably elegant wine under the watch of Jacques’s talented son, Jeremy, who runs the estate. Domaine de Triennes has earned an organic Ecocert certification as of the 2011 vintage.