The Fabre Family has been established in the Languedoc for generations. Each of them has put its mark on the Languedoc terroir. Louis Fabre was for a long time the captain of the entire family crew. By keeping the best of the past and experimenting with the future, he has given an impetus, dynamism and work philosophy that benefits the 5 family properties. Today, Clémence and Jeanne, her twin daughters, and Paule, their cousin, are getting ready to take over. With the arrival of a new château and a new appellation in the family bosom, this revival certainly promises beautiful vintages to be tasted in all conviviality.
Their names are Claire, Louis, Clémence, Jeanne and Paule. These first names resound in our heads when we talk about the Fabre Family: a historic family in the Languedoc. Louis has been the conductor since 1982. A nature lover, he converted the entire vineyard to organic agriculture, obtaining Ecocert certification in 1992, then HVE level 3 certification in 2014.
Thanks to several properties, five in all, the range of wines is very varied, reflecting the beautiful Languedoc region. For example, Château Fabre Gasparets allows the family to produce wines of AOC Cobières-Boutenac; an exceptional vintage giving birth to concentrated, rich and delicate wines for laying down. As for the Château de Luc, it is located in the heart of the Cathar country; Louis and his wife settled there more than 30 years ago, when their eldest daughters were born. Mostly AOC Corbières wines are produced here with the range "Les Jumelles"; 3 vintages produced in homage to Clémence and Jeanne (available on our online shop). Today it is in "Luc" that the family welcomes wine tourists in search of discoveries. Finally, Château Coulon (Cruscades), Domaine Grande Courtade (Béziers) and Château La Tour de Rieux (Rieux) complete the family's range of terroirs and AOCs by allowing the production of IGP Pays d'Oc and AOC Minervois.
Louis is the emblematic figure of this family of winegrowers: a curious scientist, but also passionate about poetry and history: he strives to preserve the heritage received from the family inheritance. History, family and transmission are at the heart of the work and know-how of this human-sized company. At the Château de Luc you will find a very small room, a real museum that testifies to the importance given to the past... "We have many inventors in the family: my great-grandfather created a colorimeter. He also imagined the "Wagonnets": small wagons on rails that still allow us today to transport the harvest to the vat without damaging the bunches. In 2016, we will be launching two Pays d'Oc PGIs as a tribute to this beautiful invention", says Jeanne Fabre. Louis is keen to pass on this DNA to his daughters who are gradually taking over the reins of the family business. Jeanne tells us: "Technology is like a stained glass window that lets the sunlight through. It must allow to enhance and sublimate the taste of the terroir and the grapes in the wine and not hide it and thus standardize the bottles. »
With the help of its two oenologists, Stéphane Yerle and Bernard Rehs, the Fabre Family is open to innovation and enthusiastically embarks on various experiments. The latest one? The use of polymer eggs for the ageing of red wines is currently in the test phase.
Louis is gradually passing the torch to the new generation: Clémence, Jeanne and Paule, respectively, daughters and niece of Louis, have returned to their roots to take over the family business. After their studies, beautiful travels and various experiences in the world of work, they come back, motivated, full of energy and willpower on the family land.
Clémence, based in Hong Kong, is in charge of developing exports on the Asian market. Jeanne wants to promote wine tourism at Château de Luc and, in the Corbières in general, after an exciting professional experience in South America. Finally, Paule, after returning from England, decided to do her bit by taking over the accounting side of things. Every day, Louis gives them the keys, the skills, the secrets but also his work philosophy, before retiring and leaving the girls to "sail" on their own.
Jeanne, Clémence and Paule will inherit 5 properties including Château La Tour de Rieux which has just recently joined the list of castles and AOCs worked by the Fabre Family. "L'Aventure Minervois" starts with the progressive restoration of the vineyard. Today, about ten hectares of mixed Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah are exploitable. Faithful to their convictions and their vision of wine, the Fabre family takes the time to learn, understand, get to know and discover all the potential offered by these new lands. The 2016 vintage is the first to offer a cuvée in AOC Minervois, bearing the pretty name of "Bergerie de Rieux". Of course, the family's projects don't stop there and we urge you to follow them very closely!
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