Domaine des Diables


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 used 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, a shepherd brings his herd of sheep to pasture in the vineyard, as was commonly the practice in days gone by.

The estate of Domaine Sainte Lucie, with its original 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 in 2005 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 investments 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 today, now measuring 60 hectares, are being expanded with the planting of new grape varieties to enable diversification of the product portfolio.

Domaine des Diables (“the little devils”) belongs to the children of the Fabre family who harvested their first grapes from their 15-hectare plot carved out of 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-flavored and highly aromatic rosé wines. A significant proportion of gravel and stones can be observed in the soil's composition. River-rolled pebbles can also be found proving that this vineyard was once home to a river bed, in contrast to the Domaine Sainte Lucie where the stones in the soil derive from scree from the Mont Sainte-Victoire.

 
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Aurélien, Virginie, Guillaume, Muriel and Michel Fabre


'Le Petit Diable' Rose

2013

REGION

Côtes de Provence - Sainte Victorie

BLEND

40% Syrah
40% Cinsault
20% Grenache

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A delicate yet sprightly mouth feel.


'BonBon' Rose

2013

REGION

Côtes de Provence - Sainte Victorie

BLEND

50% Cinsault
30% Syrah
20% Grenache

Deliciously pleasant with a slight sensation of sweetness on the finish.