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Château D’Esclans

Chateau d’Esclans is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty five kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast. The first traces of the chateau’s site date back to Gaullist times during which its location served as a lookout point to spot intruders coming by boat into the Gulf of Frejus. The chateau’s cellar structure or foundation (known today as the oldest in the region) housed an original Chateau that was given by the Comte de Provence to Gérard De Villeneuve, in 1201. The current chateau, inspired by Tuscan Villa design, was built during the mid 19th century. In 1201, Gérard De Villeneuve, part of a wealthy family from Marseille, took ownership of the château and the majority of the surface area of the Vallée d’Esclans that would eventually be sold off in lots. Two brothers, Sauver Louis Ranque and Francois Alexandre Ranque, were the next to own the château, known then as Terre d’Esclans. In 1875, they sold the property to Joseph Toussaint Caussemille, who manufactured wooden matches near Marseilles. In 1955, the Perraud family owned the property until 1994. At that time, it was purchased by a Swedish pension fund that produced a small amount of wine and the remaining grapes were sold to neighboring winemakers. Sacha Lichine aquired Château d’Esclans in 2006. Today there are 108 acres (44 ha) of vineyards. The total proprety has 659 acres (267 ha). The primary grape grown on the property is Grenache followed by Vermentino. Other grapes include Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Tibouren. The château is known for its old Grenache vines which produce grapes that offer greater concentration of flavor than do the younger vines. As the elevation to where the lots are situated increases, so do the age of the vines. At the highest elevated lot vines are as old as 90 years.

Whispering Angel

Grapes grown from some of the most choice land in the surrounding region of La Motteen Provence, consisting primarily of Grnache, Rolle (Vermentino), Cinsault, Syrah and Tibouren. Harvesting at sunrise to noon. Grapes are sorted by optical eye electronically and manually three times. Destemming and slight crushing at 7-8°C to avoid oxydation. Both the free run and pressed juices are vinified in stainless steel. «Bâtonnage» is twice weekly. Temperature controlled.

Château d’Esclans

Grapes grown from Château d’Esclans vineyard, consisting primarily of Grenache and Rolle (Vermentino).
Harvesting at sunrise to noon. Grapes are sorted by optical eye electronically and manually three times. Destemming and slight crushing at 7-8°c to avoid oxydation. Free run juice and first slight pressing. No maceration. Both free run juice and pressed juice partially vinified in demi-muids (600 L barrels) and stainless steel, Both temperature controlled.

Les Clans

Grapes are selected from vines that grow from parcels of superior quality.
The best quality lots bearing old vines consisting primarily of Grenache and Rolle (Vermentino).
Harvesting at sunrise to noon. Grapes are sorted by optical eye electronically and manually three times. Destemming and slight crushing at 7-8°c to avoid oxydation. 90% free run juice. 10% first slight pressing. No maceration. Alcoholic fermentation in new and second year demi-muids (600 L barrels). 10 months Burgundian style «Bâtonnage» twice weekly. Individual barrel temperature control

Garrus

Grapes are selected from vines that grow from parcels of superior quality.
The best quality lots bearing old vines consisting primarily of Grenache and Rolle(Vermentino).
Harvesting at sunrise to noon. Grapes are sorted by optical eye electronically and manually three times. Destemming and slight crushing at 7-8°c to avoid oxydation. 90% free run juice. 10% first slight pressing. No maceration. Alcoholic fermentation in new and second year demi-muids (600 L barrels). 10 months Burgundian style «Bâtonnage» twice weekly. Individual barrel temperature control.

Les Clans
Fine Wine EN, France, Marca Esclans EN
Garrus
Fine Wine EN, France, Marca Esclans EN