The Royal Gazette – A Rose for your Valentine

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For a few months now, sitting under my desk, I have had a three litre (double magnum) of Chateau D’Esclans “Garrus” rosé from Sacha Lichine in Provence. I have just moved it to a safer spot after reading that on August 3, 2014, at a chef’s charity dinner on Long Island NY, someone paid $15,000 for a similar bottle.

Why would I bring the subject of rosé up when surely it is a summer wine? Well, to be honest, this is no longer the case. In France, since the turn of this century, the rosé share of overall wine sales has increased from ten per cent to 30 per cent. Provence leads the world with this surge that is happening everywhere, and most certainly on our Island. Exports of French rosé grew 62 per cent in 2011 and 41 per cent in 2012.

The new wave of gently tannic, well-structured and quite full-bodied wines offers what one writer called “affordable luxury” and they are as happy with grilled fish and seafood as they are with roast meats, fruit dishes and cheese.

The leader in this market change is Bordeaux-born and USA-educated Sacha Lichine. His 2006 acquisition of Chateau D’Esclans in Provence has helped in building a world-class trend and unprecedented growth of fine rosé. His consulting oenologist is Patrick Leon who was managing director for over 20 years of the wine estates of Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, which included the great Chateau Mouton Rothschild […]

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