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Domaine Sainte Lucie - a family affair…

The estate with its eight hectares of vineyards at the foot of the Mont Saint Victoire in Puyloubier, near Aix-en-Provence, was created by Michel Fabre in 1979. The children's arrival in the business (Virginia in 2005, followed by Aurélien in 2009), brought fresh impetus to the running of the family estate. Since then, the estate's work methods and winemaking practices have been completely overhauled. This process of change has in particular led to major investment in cellar technology (press with protection against oxidation, cross-flow filtration system, bottling line with protection against oxidation), as well as in vineyard machinery (latest generation wine harvester, hydraulic cultivator), but above all to changes in the estate's sales and marketing strategy. The young Fabre generation has succeeded in implementing a modern, technology-focused and unique approach to winemaking while conserving the authenticity of this large and still family-run estate. The vineyards are being expanded with the planting of new grape varieties to enable diversification of the product portfolio.

  • Total wine-growing area: 45 hectares
  • Terroir: Gravel
  • Age of vines: 5 to 60 years old
  • Grape varieties: Syrah - Grenache - Cinsault - Cabernet Sauvignon - Carignan - Rolle & Clairette
  • Growing characteristics: Use of sustainable agricultural practices
  • Winemaking characteristics: Vinification under oxygen-excluding conditions with no sulphites added at harvesting and low-temperature fermentation to avoid denaturing the flavour of the grapes and the character of the wines.
   Michel FABRE dans son vignoble

 

Le team Sainte Lucie

 

…& Domaine des Diables - the children's venture

Domaine des Diables belongs to the children of the Fabre family who harvested their first grapes from the estate in 2007. The soils of the Domaine des Diables offer a perfectly balanced texture comprised of clay, silt and sand, which is ideal for producing full-flavoured and highly aromatic rosé wines. A significant proportion of gravel and stones can be observed in the soil's composition. Driven by the ambition of surpassing their parents, all of the wines produced by the Fabre children at the Domaine des Diables have been classed top in their category at the various wine competitions and by wine guides. All of this hard work proved particularly worthwhile from 2011 , the Domaine des Diables was awarded the Prix d'Excellence at the Concours Général Agricole de Paris in acknowledgement of the consistent quality of winemaking at the estate since its creation. Thanks to its rosé wines, the Domaine des Diables, has fifth been awarded the Prix d'Excellence at the Concours Général Agricole by the a representative of the French Minister of Agriculture, Bruno Lemaire. Domaine des Diables is the only Provençal estate, among hundreds of candidates, to have received an award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015, and for the fifth year running at that. This Prix d'Excellence rewards the consistent quality of the estate's wines while certifying, in particular, the use of good winemaking practice as well as quality of flavour in the wines.

Guillaume PHILIP & Virginie FABRE   
  • Total wine-growing area: 15 hectares
  • Terroir: Loamy calcareous-clay and gravel
  • Age of vines: 1 to 97 years old
  • Grape varieties: Syrah - Grenache - Cinsault - Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Growing characteristics: Use of sustainable agricultural practices
  • Winemaking characteristics: Vinification under oxygen-excluding conditions with no sulphites added at harvesting and low-temperature fermentation to avoid denaturing the flavour of the grapes and the character of the wines.

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