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Festival Dates: Feb 20-23, 2014

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Sacha Lichine

Chateau D' Esclans

Born in Bordeaux and educated in America, Sacha Lichine began working at his family’s former property, Château Prieure Lichine, during the summers of his youth. At age 23, Sacha’s first enterprise was organizing luxury wine tours in France which helped facilitate the establishment of Sacha Lichine Estate Selections for wines from the Rhone. He also worked as a Sommelier at Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurant and then with an importer/ distributor/ wholesaler both of which were in Boston. Sacha then went on to work for Southern Wine & Spirits in California and in 1987 he established a distributorship on Saint Lucia called Caribbean Château.

During the same year, a defining moment in Sacha’s career came about when he started running Prieure Lichine at age 27. In 1990 Sacha started a negociant business, Borvin, which he still operates focusing on selecting the best wines from Bordeaux. Recognizing the importance of innovation in an increasingly varied wine industry around the world, Sacha developed a line of new world wines from France, Sacha Lichine International/ Vins Sans Frontiers which today consists of a range of blended wines from the Languedoc and varietals from other regions in France.

A pivotal moment for Sacha was his 2006 acquisition of Château D’Esclans in Provence. In keeping with his uncanny sense of innovation, Sacha felt that Rosé had strong developmental opportunities to become more serious from a production standpoint in addition to being served and consumed more broadly.

Working with Patrick Léon (former winemaker for Château Mouton-Rothschild, Opus One, and Viña Almaviva), Sacha and Patrick created 4 unique rosés from the Château D'Esclans estate. The Château D'Esclans «Garrus» rosé is the most exclusive rosé in the world.

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