Château d'Esclans is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, 20 km northwest of the ancient Roman city of Fréjus on the Mediterranean coast. The first traces of the château's site date back to Gaullist time during which its location served as a lookout point to spot intruders coming by boat into the Gulf of Fréjus. The surrounding land around Château d'Esclans is know as La Vallée des Esclans (the valley of the clans). At one point the entire area was part of the Château's property and over time was gradually parceled out. In 2006 Sacha Lichine acquired Château d'Esclans beginning a new and exciting history for this remarkable Châteauy and the 267 hectares surrounding it. Awarded The Wine Enthusiast's European Winery of The Year Award for 2014.