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Our terroir

One of the most diverse wine regions in France

Our wines are produced in Occitanie (or Occitania) which is one of the most diverse wine regions in the South West of France and is home to many Unesco world heritage sites. Its unique location between two mountains ranges to the north and south, the Atlantic ocean to the west and the Mediterranean to the east, means it is blessed with superb weather and an eclectic variety of terroirs.

This natural and climatic diversity is ideal for growing Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Our range of wines covers the appellations of Cahors, Pays d’Oc and CÔtes de Duras, and is produced from according to Hervé Joyaux Fabre’s exacting standards.

Cahors

Cahors is located 200km east of Bordeaux and 150km north of Toulouse in the South East of France. The Lot river meanders through the area which has wide variety of terrains such as valleys, plateaux and plains that are ideal vineyard locations. The Mediterranean climate has lower rainfall than Bordeaux and is subject to oceanic influences from the west. Winds come in from the South in the autumn and the river Lot acts as a thermal regulator and a permanent reserve of  water.

Pays d’Oc

Our grapes are grown on 30 year old vines planted on old terraces with sedimentary soil consisting of clay and limestone. The part of the appellation where we are located is very dry, particularly in the summer and rainfall is fairly low throughout the year.

Cotes de Duras

The local soil in this area is made up of clay and chalk. Vines benefit from a Mediterranean climate but with a significant maritime influence, though it is drier than nearby Bordeaux. Our vineyards are south-facing to maximise exposure to
the sun and are grown using sustainable practices.