Patrick and Nathalie Fabre took over the family vineyards from Nathalie’s father Felicien in 2000. Previously, the grapes had been sold, but with three hectares of vines in Chateauneuf sitting adjacent to Beaucastel the couple rightly decided to make their own wine.
With plantings that average about 50 years old, Patrick and Nathalie manually dry-farm their vines, which are located in the northern terroirs of Chateauneuf du Pape, near Orange and Courthezon.
The Chateauneuf du Papes are partially de-stemmed and the soak and fermentation are extended to anywhere from 22 to 25 days. The juice is punched down manually twice daily before racking into used oak barrels.