Château d’Anglès is one of the historic estates of La Clape. It was purchased by Eric Fabre in 2002; after eight years in Pauillac as technical director at Château Lafite Rothschild, he was ready to swap Bordeaux for Languedoc, and Château d’Anglès is now run as a family affair with his sons Vianney and Arnaud. They have 36 ha of vines on an 80-ha estate, the rest being wild, scrubby garrigue and Alep pine forest. The vineyards face the Mediterranean and benefit from the cooling sea breezes. A total of 12 ha are planted with white varieties (Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc); the remainder are Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Grenache Noir vines. Eric believes that the standard copper-based treatments used by organic vineyards do the soil more harm than good, but insecticides are not used and the estate follows a sustainable land-management programme based on the Terra Vitis quality charter. Their AOC-only wines (30% white, 60% red, 10% rosé) are neither fined nor filtered.
Vianney grew up surrounded by prestigious bordelais vineyards. He has degrees in oenology and business and spent time in New York and Paris, followed most recently by four years in Champagne as Bollinger’s export director, before opting to join his father in Languedoc where the decidedly different mentality, climate and terroir give them the chance to make timeless wines that are not influenced by trends or rigid traditions.