Not only has Sommelier Steve Izzo cultivated an incredible wine list, the seasons inspire him as well. This summer he has chosen to focus on Rosé

Summertime Splurge: Domaines Sacha Lichine, Côtes de Provence

Château D’Esclans - Les Clans, Côtes de Provence 2011    135.

Made from 50 to 70 year old Grenache and Rolle vines

Château D’Esclans - Garrus, Côtes de Provence 2011    155.

Made from 80 to 90 year old Grenache and Rolle vines


Located in the heart of Provence, Château D’Esclans is making perhaps the finest rosé wines ever produced.  Noted oenologist and wine maker Patrick León, who (among his many other accomplishments) oversaw the original vineyard plantings for Opus One and is the former wine maker for Château Mouton Rothschild, partnered with Sacha Lichine to fulfill their mutual passion for rosé wines.  The wines are meticulously made in small lots—from the sorting table to the bottle, no grapes anywhere are as carefully selected and vinified.  Only a few cases of the old-vine Les Clans and Garrus were made available to the California marketplace, and we are thrilled to offer them while they last.  Admittedly these rosés are a bit of a splurge, but after one sip you will have come closer to understanding the meaning of subtlety.