Sacha Lichine – Producer of the World’s most acclaimed Rose Wines

Rosé has of late become something of the wunderkind for everyone.

This intriguing wine can be produced from anything from Pinot Gris to Cabernet Franc. However the true spiritual home of this luscious pink beast is Provence, and when it comes to Provence, one name is above all others – Sacha Lichine. In particular, Caves d’Esclans Whispering Angel

Sacha Lichine was born in Bordeaux and educated in the U.S., and has worked in every aspect of the Wine industry from production to final sale. He began working at his family’s former properties, Chateau Prieure Lichine and Chateau Lascombes during the summers of his youth from working the vines to dressing and selling the final product in the estates’ retail shops.

Sacha subsequently established, at the University level in America, a summertime job, between 1978 and 1982; Sacha Lichine International which was a luxury wine tour business to France for educationally hungry Americans that consisted of 3 week immersion trips through all major wine villages and appellations in France. He also worked at Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurant in Boston as a Sommelier between 1979 and 1982. Following this job, Sacha worked as a Salesperson and Buyer at C. Pappas & Company, a wine wholesaler/ distributor in Massachusetts between 1982 and 1983. In 1983 Sacha formed 2 ventures; Sacha Lichine Estate Selections focussing on Estates
& Domaines from the Rhone to Burgundy whose wines were then sold to Distributors throughout America. A defining moment in Sacha’s career came about in 1987 when he started running Prieure Lichine at age 27. Additionally, Sacha worked with his father Alexis Lichine to update the renowned Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits.

In 1990 Sacha started a negociant business in Margaux, Borvin, which he still operates focusing on selecting the best wines from Bordeaux and the south of France and in 1992 Sacha became a Negociant in Burgundy forming Sacha Lichine & Associates. Recognizing the importance of innovation in an increasingly varied wine industry around the world, Sacha developed a line of new world wines from France, Sacha Lichine International/ Vins Sans Frontiers which has roots in the selection of small Domaines, Vins de Pays and Burgundian wines under his name and distributed by the wine company Borvin Sacha Lichine International.

Chateau d’Esclans Domaines Sacha Lichine La Motte en Provence, France

A pivotal moment for Sacha was his 2006 acquisition of Chateau d’Esclans in Provence. In keeping with his uncanny sense of innovation, Sacha felt that Rosé had strong developmental opportunities to become more serious from a production standpoint in addition to being served and consumed more broadly. The result to this foresight energized by an abiding passion for making and promoting great wine has resulted in building a world-class brand, Whispering Angel, Chateau d’Esclans Rock Angel, Chateau d’Esclans Les Clans and Chateau d’Esclans Garrus while providing a strong contribution to unprecedented growth within the Rosé category.

However, this kingpin of all of things pink has more arrows in his quiver – along with his stunning range from Provence Sacha also has another sub-brand Sacha Lichine Selection. For this, he painstakingly sources the best grapes from throughout France to bring you some truly exquisite blends.

For More On Sacha’s Wines Please See Below


2016  Whispering Angel Rosé

“Caves D’Esclans Identifies Vineyards, Grapes & Wines From Château D’Esclans as well as Local Growers to Make What Has Reputedly Become The World’s Greatest Rosé.”

2016 Sacha Lichine Single Blend Rose

“New and noteworthy – Sacha Lichine Selection wines are Vin de France and crafted for today’s contemporary wine consumer.”

2016 Sacha Lichine Le Poussin Rosé

“Sacha Lichines acquisition of Chateau d’Esclans in Provence has resulted in building a world-class brand while providing a strong contribution to unprecedented growth within the Rosé category.”

A Recommendation of Exquisite Burgundy…

Burgundy, or in its native tongue, Bourgogne, is a historic wine province made up of more AOCs than any other part of France. Burgundian winegrowers focus heavily on creating true reflections of their unique and rich terroir…

So with this in mind, we’ve scoured or cellars for some of the most interesting wines that truly champion this terroir-driven wine region. Before we can tell you about these amazing gems here’s some more background on Burgundy.

The earliest historically recorded plantings in the Burgundy region date back the 2nd Century AD, although it is believed the Celts may have been practising viticulture in the area long before this, perhaps even back in the B.C. era.

Much of Burgundy’s wine history comes hand in hand with its religious history – the Roman Catholic Church had an enormous impact on the success of Burgundy as a wine region. By 910, The Benedictines or ‘Black Monks’ had possession over a significant amount of vineyard land and would maintain this ownership for centuries. In 1098, another order of the Roman Catholic Church was established in France – the Cistercians – and their Monastery was situated in Burgundy. This order dedicated themselves to wine and quality viticulture. In 1336, they created the Clos de Vougeot, a prestigious walled vineyard that is still operational today. With such immense dedication to the art of winemaking, the Cistercians soon noticed how vastly different wines could be coming from different growing areas. This was to be the foundation for the later establishment of the Cru titles and the region’s renowned understanding of terroir.

Today, Burgundy resembles the quintessential vision of France. It is romantic and nostalgic – dubbed by some as the land of fine art and living. Life is fun and beautiful, yet without rush, and the locals believe this is down to the excellent food and even better wine.

The region links the Paris Basin to the Saône River corridor, and many of the vineyards are spread over undulating hills and banks. Part of the appeal of Burgundy, and the reason it is home to so many different AOCs, is its soils and lands are so diverse – even within itself. So much so, that even grapes from the same singular vineyard sometimes produce different results.

To learn more about this diverse and stunning wine region, click here.

2010 Domaine Jean Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru Perrieres

“Perrières might well have been classified as a Grand Cru…” – Jancis Robinson. No truer words can be said about this amazing slice terroir…

2013 Domaine Bertagna Les Cras Blanc

Famously producing this Chardonnay from their Les Cras plot within Vougeot, a rare white wine in this Grand Cru vineyard dominated by Pinot Noir.

2014 Domaine Alain Gras Saint Romain Village Blanc

Powerful and sophisticated nose, with a hint of nuts, toast and vanilla beans. Expressive palate, full and supple. A wine with minerality, an elegant touch of oak, and a beautiful, long finish.

2014 Domaine Pascal Bouchard Chablis Les Clos

Les Clos is the most famous Grand Cru vineyard in Chablis. Displaying a beautiful fragrance, filled with slate and apple, leading to a vibrant, yet rich, mouthful of mineral and citrus flavours.

2015 Domaine Morey-Coffinet Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru Cailleret

You can really taste the thin stony soil of the steepest vineyard in Chassagne Vineyard.

2010 Domaine Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Chaffots

Glued to the vast Clos de la Roche, classified Grand Cru, Les Chaffots is a 1er Cru climate of 62 hectares on which the Magnien estate cultivates Pinot Noir. The plot is found on fossiliferous limestones on a steep slope.

2013 Domaine Bertagna Clos de Vougeot

This walled vineyard is overlooked by Clos Blanc De Vougeot Castle. Delicate and nuanced with lingering notes of dark morello cherry.

2014 Domaine Olivier Le Temps des Cerises Santenay Village

Originating from different plots around Santenay, this appellation is known for supple and fruity wines with a beautiful plush mouthfeel.

2014 Domaine Moissenet-Bonnard Pommard 1er Cru Les Charmot

The most feminine of the Domaine’s Pommards, having an alluring, rich character, with dense, silky tannins, a floral note of spicy roses, and a long aftertaste that is delicate and very sensual.

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