Domaine Sainte Lucie & Domaine des Diables
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.
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.
We have travelled and tasted a lot of rosé over the years in Provence. The estate here is one of the most picturesque and well tended that we have come across.
We helped Guillaume and his family build the MIP* rosé brand in our region for many years working closely with another importer. Now, we have been given this amazing opportunity to work directly with the estate and bring in Domaine des Diables wines under our own umbrella.
The entire range of wines is superb and it does all begin in the vineyard. With the environment and the consumer constantly in mind, all of their parcels are cultivated according to sustainable pest management principles, verging on organic farming practices. This method involves closely monitoring the presence and development of fungal diseases in the vines, so as to only to take action when there is a high risk of the crop being damaged. This therefore helps to reduce the use of treatments and protect fauna and flora within the Mont Sainte-Victoire site.
Throughout the vines' entire growing cycle, the soil is regularly hoed to eliminate weeds and limit the effects of drought. The fertilizers they use come from the vine: after fermentation, the grape stalks and grapes are distilled and then returned to the soil. The vine shoots are also ground down to ensure that the soil retains a certain level of stable organic matter. Each year, in autumn, they allow a shepherd to bring his herd of sheep to pasture in the vineyard, as was commonly the practice in days gone by.