By Merasturda

The extraordinary French winemaker Sacha Lichine has once again redefined the category with The Pale Rosé. Named after its transparent, pink color, The Pale by Sacha Lichine embodies all the characteristics of an authentic rosé from Provence. Lichine is the mastermind behind the most famous producer of all Provencal wines, Château d’Esclans.

Hamptons Social spoke with Alex Diard, Brand Ambassador at Château d’Esclans, about The Pale Rosé (Whispering Angel’s young, fresh sister rosé). He shared insight on the connection between rosé and the Hamptons, how he was influenced by growing up in Aix En Provence, the birthplace of rosé, and what he has learned from working closely with the iconic Lichine.

How has the release of The Pale Rosé redefined the category of rosé?

The Pale Rosé is the latest creation of Sacha Lichine, the man who brought us Whispering Angel. The Pale is contributing to the increased popularity, awareness, and interest in rosé wine that is accessible all year around and has a Provence-style influence. With an eclectic label and screw cap, this rosé is made for everyone to enjoy in any and all settings whether you are hosting a party or simply enjoying a glass with your dinner. 

What does someone have to look forward to when they open a bottle of The Pale Rosé?

Upon looking at the bottle, The Pale Rosé is unique, chic, and festive, leaving an amazing first impression before the liquid hits the lips. It immediately captures your attention and promises a fun time. The wine, itself, is a seriously made rosé but was created to be accessible to both avid wine enthusiasts and beginners alike. It’s bright, elegant, and refreshing. You have the satisfaction of the fruits without the sweetness that some other rosés have. 

What is one of the most important lessons you have learned from working closely with Sacha Lichine?

I’ve grown both personally and professionally through my work with Sacha Lichine and his team over the years. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from Sacha, is to be persistent and to not give up. Sacha Lichine had one vision – to make rosé a “real” wine when the category was nonexistent. By leading and inspiring professionals around him, he made that vision turned into a global success story.

How were you influenced by growing up in Aix En Provence, the birthplace of rosé?

Naturally, it means a lot to me since I was born and raised in Provence. I do have some sweet memories growing up when we had family gatherings on Sundays around a delicious lunch, there were always a few bottles of rosé on the table. The quality back then wasn’t as elevated or precise as it is today. It has been quite fantastic to witness the evolution over the years, in quality and popularity beyond the region. 

What do you think about the connection between rosé and the Hamptons?

For many, The Hamptons is an oasis from a busy city life and a place to escape for rest and relaxation with friends and family. I believe rosé became a go-to choice for many residents and well-traveled visitors mainly because of the similarity of lifestyle in the French Riviera. Throughout Antibes, Cannes, Monaco, and Saint Tropez, rosé is associated with the upscale and leisure lifestyle of the area. Life is enjoyed on the beach, by the pool, or on a boat with friends and family. It is simply a celebration of life. The same can be said for The Hamptons.

How has rose evolved over the last decade and what do you foresee for the future?

Over the last decade, the rosé category has experienced significant evolution in terms of production techniques and popularity. I believe the future will remain on this dynamic incline with premiumization as consumers are looking for a more refined wine experience without forgetting “la joie de vivre” – the enjoyment of life. 

The Pale Rosé

A friend of ours brought this attractive bottle with a very jolly roaring twenties label and we were excited to sample the contents. The name Sacha Lichine may be familiar to you if you are a wine enthusiast. I feel he knows how to make a memorable rosé that is worthy of respect.

This rosé was fascinating to sample. My sensory experience was misled at first because when I first breathed in the scent I thought this was going to be fresher and sharper than I had hoped. But as soon as the flavours landed on my tongue the fruit was delivered, and for me a very enjoyable mix of flavours. I am so grateful when I detect some citrus in a wine, and the pink grapefruit reassured me that this was my kind of wine. But there was plenty to delight a sweet tooth – notably peach. But Robert suggested there was a cherry blossom aroma in his glass and he was picking up a teasing but delicate combination of both fruity and floral notes.

We both noted how creamy a finish this rosé has, making it such a pleasure to drink. It is not syrupy, it is not caustic. There is so much grace in this pretty rosé and I will without doubt be recommending it to friends. I feel as if this rosé has somehow managed to elegantly blend freshness, fruitiness, floral fragrance and creaminess – which surely is no easy task. Both of us were exceedingly delighted with The Pale Rosé.

‘Diego And Friends’ returns to enjoy international haute cuisine

‘Diego And Friends’ is an event created by chef Diego Gallegos to enjoy haute cuisine with his chef friends

Michelin star chef Diego Gallegos. IT

Chef Diego Gallegos (Sollo, 1* Michelin Star, Michelin Green Star and two Repsol Suns) created Diego And Friends in 2022, an event to enjoy haute cuisine with his chef friends. In 2023, the guests will be prominent names such as Iván Cerdeño, Inés Páez, Miguel Ángel de la Cruz, Fernando Rivarola, Martina Puigvert, Francisco Ruano, Maca de Castro, Joäo Rodrigues, Rodrigo de la Calle, Randy Siles, Pepe Solla and Edgar Núñez .

In total there will be six days in which Diego Gallegos will cook together with a national and an international chef to offer a gala dinner with a unique tasting menu. They will be very exclusive evenings, with limited capacity, to be held at the Higuerón Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton 5* in Fuengirola.

Each dinner will offer a tasting menu of six passes, with two dishes from the creativity of each chef, plus the pairing. The selection of wines, champagnes and distillates is carried out by the Moët Hennessy Group, and includes: Chandon Graden Spritz, Termes Tinto, from Bodegas Numanthia; The Pale Rosé by Sacha Lichine, Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial, and Bellvedere.

PINK DAY // Noel ugostio Masterclass ‘The Pinks That made History’

Zagrebački Restoran Noel jučer je ugostio Masterclass „Povijesno važni roséi“, kao uvod u jubilarni 10. Pink Day Zagreb festival koji će se održati ove subote, 22. travnja u Laubi.

Masterclass je vodio Ted Lelekas, Moët Hennessy brand ambasador.

Pritom su gosti kušali vrhunske etikete kuće Chateau d’Esclans – The Pale, Whispering Angel i Rock Angel, i to iz ponajboljih vinskih čaša na svijetu, s potpisom Riedel.

Prije kušanja vina, Noel je polaznicima masterclassa pripremio bogati „brunch“, a za welcome drink posluživao se Chateau d’ Esclans Pale rosé.

Ted Lelekas i Sanja Muzaferija

Održani Masterclass bio je uvod u dosad najbogatiji program 10. Pink Day Zagreb festivala koji su organizatori u ovoj jubilarnoj godini pripremili.

Organizatorice Pink Day festivala Sanja Muzaferija i Zrinka Jelić Belinić

Održat će se i Okrugli stol: „10 godina poslije: ružičasti vinski Istok“ koji moderira „lovkinja“ Morana Zibar, a tijekom samog festivala kušat će se vina i ulja oko stotinu izlagača.

The Rise Of Ultra Premium Provençal Rosé Wine

Helena Nicklin discovers the new breed of super Provence pinks taking the fine wine world by storm.

By LLM Reporters


When you hear the words ‘fine wine’ how often do you think of rosé? For many years, pink wine was thought of as simple, frivolous and gluggable; something to be drunk only in the summertime and generally by women. Not anymore. Helena Nicklin discovers the new breed of Super Provence pinks taking the fine wine world by storm.
The South of France, Provence especially, has done excellent work extolling the virtues of premium rosé wine. Even those who willingly admit they know nothing about grape juice will still pick the palest pink off a shelf because they’ve heard somewhere that ‘pale is best.’ Ten years ago, rosé used to come in all shades of pink from just off water-white to almost red and everything in between with sweetness levels all over the place.
Nowadays, while we can still find the classic, off-dry, vibrant pinks of Anjou or the dark red, savoury pinks of Tavel, winemakers elsewhere around the world have been mimicking the pale, dry, saline style of Provence. It became clear that in a pink sea of confusion, Provençal rosé offered a classy dry wine style that consumers could rely on, no matter who produced it.

Why Provence?

Nearly 90% of wine production in Provence is dedicated to rosé and it is home to a research institute for the style, so it’s little wonder that pink wines from here are meant to be taken seriously. A unique combination of soils, terrain, warm weather and the Mistral wind make this part of France ideal for the production of rosé. Down in this part of the world, they tend to be blends of grapes led by Grenache, CInsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre with some Tibouren and Carignan in places.

What makes a premium rosé so good?

A lot of care and attention is put into the winemaking with premium rosé, where each grape variety, often from each vineyard plot, is vinified separately and tasted before blending so the winemakers have a true ‘artist’s palette’ of aromas, flavours and textures to work with.
These days, there is also more experimentation with wood use during fermentation and ageing or lees stirring (lees are the dead yeast cells left over from fermentation that when left in contact with the wine, produce a creamy texture). The result is elegantly complex, textural pink wines that are not showy, but pack a punch when it comes to levels upon levels of delicate flavours and texture. The best are fantastic, super versatile, food friendly wines that can be enjoyed all year round.

French Rosé producers to seek out

Chateau D’Esclans

Located just northeast of St. Tropez, Chateau d’Esclans and its owner Sacha Lichine are often credited with starting the ‘Rosé Renaissance’ since Lichine took over the property in 2006. Most will know this producer for its flagship cuvée Whispering Angel, but there are other wines in the range including the famous Rock Angel and Garrus. Esclans put oak fermented, Provençal pink on the map – not for any oaky flavour as such, but for the texture that large oak barrels can bring to the wine. Since then, other winemakers have followed suit and the Provence style has evolved upwards.

Try: Garrus 2020

The original luxury rosé, Garrus was the first ever pink wine to hit three figures. It is considered to be Château d’Esclans’ finest wine, made from a single vineyard that is home to Grenache vines that are nearly 100 year-old. Entirely fermented and aged in new, large French oak barrels, Garrus is famously powerful, yet elegant – exactly what Sacha Lichine set out to do when he decided to make rosé a genuinely fine wine. Think pear tart with pineapple notes, a creamy texture and hint of baking spice on the finish.
Find it for £100 from

Also try: The Pale by Sacha Lichine

A great, accessible introduction to Lichine’s style of elegant, creamy rosé made with grapes hailing from the Var. An easy going pink with notes of white peach and pink grapefruit balancing a crisp salinity, it’s playful and delicious with fantastic label appeal too.
Find it for £11.99 mixed six price from Majestic.

Helena Nicklin is an award-winning drinks writer and broadcaster. You can follow her on social media @HelenaSips.

The Pale, το καινούριο ροζέ κρασί από το Chateau d’Esclans

O όμιλος εταιριών Φώτος Φωτιάδης λανσάρει στην Κυπριακή αγορά το καινούριο ροζέ κρασί του Chateau d’Esclans, The Pale, που έρχεται για να προστεθεί στην υπόλοιπη γκάμα των περιζήτητων κρασιών του Chateau d’Esclans (Whispering Angel, Rock Angel & Garrus).

Ο δημιουργός του, ο ταλαντούχος οινοποιός Sacha Lichine, το θεωρεί ένα ροζέ για τη «νέα γενιά». Ευκολόπιοτο, με το χαρακτηριστικό ροζ-γκρι χρώμα των ροζέ της Προβηγκίας και χαρακτήρα που συνδυάζει αρωματική ένταση με γευστική φρεσκάδα και καθαρό τελείωμα. Με βιδωτό καπάκι και με «ινσταγκραμική» ετικέτα, επαναπροσδιορίζει για άλλη μια φορά την κατηγορία του ροζέ κρασιού, δημιουργώντας κάτι εντελώς νέο και επιβλητικό.

Το The Pale προέρχεται από την περιοχή Var της Προβηγκίας και είναι ειδικά φτιαγμένο για τον λάτρη του ροζέ κρασιού με το υψηλό επίπεδο ποιότητας των ροζέ της Προβηγκίας. Το όνομά του, προέρχεται από το διαφανές, ροζ χρώμα του. Προσδίδει ακόμα τον τρόπο που οι Άγγλοι παρήγγειλαν ιστορικά το ροζέ κρασί από τους έμπορους, αναφερόμενοι στο χλωμό χρώμα του, κάτι που συνεχίζει να χρησιμοποιείται μέχρι σήμερα στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο.

Το The Pale φτιάχνεται από σταφύλια των καλύτερων αμπελώνων που μεγαλώνουν παράλληλα με την ακτή της Μεσογείου. Επιπλέον, το κρασί αυτό προσδίδει έναν καθαρό θαλασσινό αέρα της Γαλλικής Ριβιέρας με τις κύριες ποικιλίες σταφυλιού να είναι Grenache, Cinsault και Syrah.


  • Άρωμα: εκφραστικό κρασί εσωτερικά και εξωτερικά, φέρει μεγάλη αρωματική φρεσκάδα στη μύτη
  • Παλέτα: Λεπτές, φρουτώδες νότες από ροδάκινο και ροζ γκρέιπφρουτ
  • Ιδανικό food pairing: Με τυριά, κράκερ, καλοκαιρινές σαλάτες, φαγητά barbeque
    Το The Pale διατίθεται σε φιάλη 75cl. Είναι ακόμη διαθέσιμο σε εστιατόρια και bar για να το απολαύσετε είτε by the glass ή σε φιάλη με καλό φαγητό. Θα το βρείτε επίσης και σε μεγάλα supermarkets για να το απολαύσετε στο σπίτι με φίλους.

    Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες, μπορείτε να επισκεφτείτε την ιστοσελίδα