National Fine Wine Director | Whispering Angel
Paul Chevalier is a formally trained winemaker and viticulture expert who today leads the dynamic Château d’Esclans portfolio of luxury rosé wines in the United States, largely responsible for turning Whispering Angel rosé into a “cult wine” phenomenon in America. Paul works alongside Sacha Lichine and Patrick Léon in the development of the four unique rosés from the Château d’Esclans estate: Whispering Angel, Rock Angel, Les Clans, and Garrus. The Château d’Esclans Garrus rosé is considered to be the most exclusive rosé in the world.
Over the past twelve years, Paul has played an integral role in the rise and perception of rosé wine category in the United States, as well as the booming popularity of the brand’s best-selling wine, Whispering Angel. Paul has focused on spreading the message of high quality rosé, highlighting Château d’Esclans’ incredible winemaking pedigree from creator Sacha Lichine and Patrick Léon, as well as the dry, pale pink-style rosé that can only truly come from the Provence region of Southern France. Paul has spearheaded the marketing of Whispering Angel, ensuring its elevated presence wherever it is served, hosting celebrities and influencers for signature happy hours, dinners and late-night parties from the Hamptons to Palm Springs, from music festivals to polo matches, fashion shows and après-ski parties that speak to the brand’s elevated yet fun-loving lifestyle aesthetic.
Having developed a passion for wine early on, Paul began his education in enology and viticulture at the University of Reims and the University of Bordeaux. From there, he went on to acquire his practical knowledge of winemaking at Château Margaux and later with Louis Latour in Burgundy. After years of immersing himself in French wine culture, Paul was hired by the LVMH group, where he joined as the youngest member of the winemaking team at Champagne Veuve Clicquot in Reims as well as technical advisor for Cape Mentelle in Australia and Cloudy Bay in New Zealand. He returned to Bordeaux to work for the Seagram Company until joining the House of Calvet as Winemaker & Export Director for North & South America.