SOTHEBY'S- Life Through Rose-Tinted Spectacles

By Serena Sutcliffe
Still on the pink path to summery bliss, we raided the cellar at home to find scrumptious magnums of Côtes de Provence Rosé from Sacha Lichine’s piece of paradise, Château d’Esclans. Normally these gulpable wines are to be found on the grandest yachts in nearby St.Raphaël and St.Tropez, but they are just as good in London over a salade niçoise. Sacha set out to make high-end rosé, even claiming to make the most expensive pink wine in the world, but he was also intent on chasing quality, aided and abetted by the former winemaker at Mouton Rothschild, Patrick Léon. The top cuvée is Garrus, made from old-vine Grenache with a dash of Rolle. The long, slow fermentation in new French oak undoubtedly leads to the longevity of the wine as the 2007 is now all creamy vanilla and honey with a structure that pink wine never normally possesses. Sacha has cracked it.
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