Chateau d’Esclans’ is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast. The first traces of the chateau’s site date back to Gaullist times during which its location served as a lookout point to spot intruders coming by boat into the Gulf of Frejus. The surrounding land around Chateau d’Esclans is known as La Vallee des Esclans (the valley of the clans). At one point the entire area was part of the chateau’s property and over time was gradually parceled out.
The current chateau is inspired by a Tuscan Villa and was built during the 19th century. Its first known proprietors after the deVilleneuves were two brothers, Sauver Louis Ranque and Francois Alexandre Ranque. In January of 1875, the Ranque brothers sold Chateau d’Esclans, then known as Terre d’Esclans, to the inventor of the French Wooden Match, Joseph Toussaint Caussemille whose family owned Chateau d’Esclans until 1955. During World War II the Chateau was occupied by the Germans. Coincidentally, La Motte was the first village in Provence to be liberated by the allied forces.
Tasting Date: 02/01/2012
Tasting Date Price: $18.99
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Vineyard Website: http://www.chateaudesclans.com/Visual Aspect: Pale Pink
Nose: Redcurrant, dried flowers and spices
Palate: Creamy and elegant with fresh raspberry and glazed citrus flavors
Food Pairing: Seafood, white meats and Indian or Asian cuisine