Only the best quality fruit is selected in the production of Garrus, from the top parcels of 80 year old Grenache as well as some Rolle, or Vermentino as it is known in Italy. Unlike most rosé, it is a wine designed to age. The wine is barrel fermented and then aged for ten months in barrel on the lees.
“This is a spherical wine with a gossamer sheen. This will be a typically long-lived Garrus, and it will show a more fluid and lively side to this label’s character than we have seen before, but don’t, for a second take your eye off this wine because it will bite. There is a rapier-sharp acidity here which is every bit as combative as in years gone by and, dare I say it, it seems even more finessed in this department than in any previous vintage. This is a fascinating wine and one which I anticipate will prove even more successful to newcomers to Esclans than its preceding vintage, simply because the fruit is so damned stunning already.” - Matthew Jukes
Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer
Château d’Escalns lies in the centre of the Department of the Var, where the majority of Provence rosé is produced. The first traces of the château’s site date back to Gaullist times during which the location served as a lookout point to spot intruders coming by boat into the Gulf of Frejus. The property was bought by Sacha Lichine, son of famous Alexis Lichine who owned Château Prieuré Lichine in Margaux, in 2006 with the intention of making the world’s best rosé. Combined with the efforts of Patrick Leon, who was previously Managing Director of Mouton Rothschild, his wines have gone on to receive international acclaim.
Sacha felt that rosé had an opportunity to become more serious in addition to being served and consumed by a broader audience. Since then he has built a world class brand while providing a strong contribution to the unprecedented growth of the rosé category.
With 44 hectares under vine Esclans, is known for its old Grenache vines, some of which are as old as 90 years in the highest vineyards. In 2006, Château d’Esclans made a few barrels of rosé from an 80 year old vineyard and the flagship wine Garrus was born.