Who is Sacha Lichine?
The son of Alexis Lichine, the Russian born world renowned viniculturer and creator of the word “varietal”, Sacha Lichine always had big shoes to fill in the world of wine.
Born in Bordeaux, France, educated in America, he began work at his family vineyard whilst still a teenager. By the time he was 25, he had already run luxury wine tours throughout France, worked as a sommelier in Boston’s Anthony pier 4 restaurant, with major U.S. distributor Southern wine and spirits and started up his own négociant business, Borvin. Ambitious and impressive, yes, but he had yet begun to step into his father’s shoes. At the age of 27 he took the reins of the family business Château Prieure Lichine, and started another wine merchant business in the early 90’s making French Varietals and blends.
Impact on the Rosé Wine Market
Sacha Lichine’s crowning glory happened when he teamed up with Patrick Leon the head of viniculture at Rothschild wines. Buying a run-down Château d’Esclans half an hour away from st. Tropez, which despite its dog-eared appearance was home to 80yr old Grenache vines, they set out to reshape the Rosé market and make a rosé wine that could be aged like the finest Bordeauxs.
Wanting to pull away from the white zinfandel you see fill the shelves of supermarkets, they created a range of four rosé wines:
- Garrus the Dom Perignon of rosé bought by the likes of Roman Abramovich and Philip Green; and at £65.00 a bottle is tipped to be the most expensive in the world
- Les Clans the Brut imperial;
- Chateau d’Esclans the Veuve; and
- Whispering Angel the Moet & Chandon. Scoring 90 points from wine spectator.
It was in this line that he created a new image for rosé, as a wine that many wine makers claim to be more difficult to create than a red or white, Sacha Lichine gave it the respect it deserved.
With Rosé sales now higher than ever before and the wine being enjoyed by all walks of life, it can be said that he has left an imprint on the wine world Alexis Lichine could be proud of.
Why not try a Sacha Lichine Rose wine such as the “Le Poussin Rose”, available to buy at a very reasonable £9.99 online from The Wine Reserve.
A great value pale pink wine that has floral & rose petal scents, as well as a dry well-balanced palate of summer fruits. A blend of predominantly Grenache with a touch of Syrah. A superb wine for summer.