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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

  • 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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The winemaking cellar – technology & experience

The winemaking cellar, built in 2000, is fully equipped with high performance stainless steel apparatus (pneumatic press for pressing under inert gas, cross-flow filtration system, thermo-regulated vats, etc). The cellar has a total capacity of 5,500 hectolitres (550,000 litres) in stainless steel vats and 90 hectolitres (9,000 litres) in 225-litre barrels and 600-litre demi-muids made from French oak.

During the winemaking process, each parcel is vinified separately to ensure traceability from the vine to the consumer and to allow the most suitable vinification method to be used for each type of grape must, according to the type of terroir on which the grapes were grown. We believe that impeccable cellar hygiene, from harvesting to bottling, is key to successful winemaking.