Château d'Esclans lies in the heart of the Var department, the biggest rosé-producing area in Provence (Provence AOC rosé).
The château boasts an exceptional location near the Gorges de Pennafort, 25 kilometers northwest of the old Roman town of Fréjus on the Mediterranean coast. The château's cellar structure (considered the region's oldest) guards remnants of the original castle, which the Count of Provence gave to Gérard de Villeneuve as a gift in 1201. The current château was inspired by the design of Villa Toscana and dates from the mid-19th century.
In 1875, the château was sold to Joseph Toussaint Caussemille, who owned a match factory near Marseille. From 1955 through 1994, the property was owned by the Perraud family. At that point, a Swedish pension fund bought the estate, which continued to produce a small amount of wine, but sold most of the grapes to neighboring growers. Sacha Lichine bought Château d'Esclans in 2006. Nowadays, the estate comprises a total of 267 hectares of which 60 are under vine.
The vineyards are mostly planted with Grenache, closely followed by Vermentino. Other cultivated varieties include Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Tibouren. The château is renowned for its old Grenache vines, which produce grapes with more concentrated flavors than their younger counterparts. Some of the higher-lying lots boast vines that are up to 100 years old.