Château d’Esclans, the leading Provence Rosé in the American market, joins Moët Hennessy’s portfolio of wines and spirits.
Moët Hennessy, as the majority shareholder, will work alongside Sacha Lichine, President of Château d’Esclans. He will continue to run the estate and manage its future development, sealing a long-term alliance with Moët Hennessy.
Sacha Lichine’s partner Alix AM PTE cedes the entirety of its 50% ownership to Moët Hennessy. While Sacha Lichine cedes 5% of his shares. Château d’Esclans lies in the centre of the Department of the Var, on a site in the Esclans Valley perched on the heights of La Motte. The original château dates back to before the 12th century. The current château was built during the mid-19th century. Today the estate stretches across 267 hectares. Out of which 74 hectares are planted with AOP Côtes de Provence vines of exceptional quality. The vineyard will be extended soon to include an additional 60 hectares of vines of the same quality.
Sacha Lichine & Château d’Esclans
Sacha Lichine acquired Château d’Esclans in 2006 and disrupted the wine world in producing very high-end rosé wines. The expertise of his viticultural team contributed to the crafting of top quality Côtes-de-Provence rosés. Later, which Sacha Lichine succeeded in establishing as a luxury product around the world. The primary grapes, Grenache and Vermentino are grown on the property. They are spread across several complementary soils permitting wines unrivalled in complexity and finesse. These rosé wine parcels are vinified in the same manner as the finest wines and raised in demi-muids of oak.
As a result of this quest for quality, the Château d’Esclans rosé wines are recognized as international references. Also, they have conquered the U.S. as a category leader. Through Garrus, the world’s most renown prestige rosé wine, and Whispering Angel, the top-selling French rosé in the United States, Sacha Lichine succeeded in creating a key collection for connoisseurs of Provence Rosés and recognized with many awards.
Sacha Lichine – President, Château d’Esclans
“I am thrilled by the alliance with Moët Hennessy and the ability, through the backing of this great group, to continue to develop the Château d’Esclans estate. Indeed, we will continue to please and delight our clients across the globe with our excellent Rosé de Provence wines. When I purchased Château d’Esclans in 2006, my aim was to produce the finest rosé wine. Hence, together with the Château d’Esclans team, I created a portfolio of wine brands. Today, they are well known in France and internationally. Moreover, they are poised to continue growing strongly over the next several years.”
Philippe Schaus – CEO, Moët Hennessy
“We are very proud to partner with Château d’Esclans, the famous estate producing high-quality rosé wines in Southern France. Indeed, Sacha Lichine revolutionized the world of Provence Rosé wines. Also, he was the leading actor of their international development. While displaying the soundness of vision of a man with strong convictions and values. Moët Hennessy will bring the full support of our worldwide teams to assist Sacha Lichine in continuing this wonderful journey.”
About Moët Hennessy
Moët Hennessy is the wine and spirits division of LVMH, the world’s leading luxury products group. Moët Hennessy is the largest luxury wines and spirits company in the world. It encompasses 21 prestigious brands internationally renowned for the richness of their land, the quality of their products and the expertise with which they are crafted.
LVMH also owns, through “LVMH Vins d’Exceptions,” the very prestigious estates: Château Cheval Blanc, Château d’Yquem, Le Clos des Lambrays, Cheval des Andes et Colgin Cellars.