For yachting visitors to the Cote d’Azur, there is plenty to keep you entertained. But those seeking an inland excursion during their stay also have a rich array of options too, with the magical beauty of Provence just a short drive away.
Wine lovers will be particularly enthused by the prospect of visiting the Chateau d’Esclans vineyards. Nestled in the cool, picturesque hills of Provence, 25km northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus, the wine maker is renowned for its production of world class Rosé, with the superyacht fraternity in particular embracing its refreshing, fruity notes, which are ideal for enjoying in warm weather.
The elevated site is most famous for its Old Vine Grenache, much of which was planted in the early part of the 20th century. These vines are hand-picked as close to sunrise as possible and blended with equal care for Vermentino. The top cuvees are then oak fermented and are capable of evolvingand improving for many years ahead.
Visitors can come and experience all of this at the stunning property, where they can explore its state-of-the-art cellar while learning about how the Chateau’s award-winning wines are made. They can then enjoy a comprehensive tasting session, with the option to purchase bottles to take away too.
What better gift to bring homes for family and friends than a bottle of Sacha Lichine’s iconic Whispering Angel? The first cuvee to emerge from the d’Esclans range followed by the estate bottled wines which ascend with complexity and opulence and include Chateau d’Esclans Rock Angel, Les Clans and Garrus.
In all, a trip to this famous Chateau, its Domain and Cellars offers an experience you’ll never forget.You can learn more by visiting www.esclans.com.
By: Paul Joseph