Estates / Domaine de la Rochelierre

Domaine de la Rochelierre


Jean-Marie and Emilie Fabre

REGION: Languedoc-Roussillon

Domaine de La Rochelière has been part of a large family of independent winegrowers that has existed in France for several decades. The Fabre family strives to be in tune with the needs of the consumer and to understand their expectations. The estate has been certified High Environmental Value (HVE) level 3 since the 2017 vintage. For more than 40 years, in Fitou, Domaine de la Rochelièrre has applied the Cousinié method to its 15-hectare vineyard. 

The latter consists in using only organic and mineral materials, using principles that are centered around the concept of "respect for the living". Each year the vineyards are plowed ten times. This heavy tillage ensures that the roots grow deep which creates less strain on the vines as they are less susceptible to variations in temperature and hydrometry. The Fabre family harvests all of their fruit by hand, ensuring that the grapes are picked at optimal maturity which gives the wines a very interesting balance. 

The current owners, Jean-Marie and Emilie Fabre vinify all of their production in stainless steel vats, this preserves the maximum amount of the aromas during the fermentation process. Once this process is complete, depending on the cuvées, the wines are aged either in vats to preserve all the youth and the purity of the aromas or in barrels, where the aim is to ripen the tannins and aromas so that the wines become rounder more quickly.


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Much of the fertile plains of Languedoc-Roussillon have been dedicated to agriculture and viniculture. One of the major wine growing regions in France, the historic area of Languedoc encompassed a far larger portion of Southern France including much of Provence and current Occitanie; Roussillon, on the other hand, is significantly smaller and just about the area of the East Pyrenees.  

About one-third of all vines used in French viniculture are in this area. The climate of this somewhat dry region – with the some parts of the area receiving the least amount of rain in the entire country – as well a strong winds coming from off coast, aid the region in sustaining high levels of organic production and contribute to its standing as the leader in French organic winemaking. 

Featured Grape Varieties: 
Cabernet Sauvignon 
Sauvignon Blanc 
Chenin Blanc 
Pinot Noir 
Grenache Noi

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