Château d’Anglès - La Clape - Languedoc
“Since 3000 years, the wine combines pleasure and civilization.
Château d'Anglès is proud to share this heritage with you”
- Eric Fabre
From Médoc to Languedoc
With a lifetime in wine making, Eric Fabre's career includes eight years as Technical Director (WineMaker) of Château Lafite Rothschild, as well as taking another Médoc label to the highest accolades in only 6 years.
It was however, a lifelong dream to own a vineyard on the Mediterranean, so 2001 saw Eric and his wife Christine hunting from Perpignan to Nîmes for a high quality terroir. They were quickly seduced by the Château d'Anglès, and what a very understandable temptation!
The beautiful renovated ancient stone buildings of the Château d'Anglès overlook the vines that slope gently down to the shores of the Mediterranean. Hard really to imagine a more idyllic setting and just as hard to imagine a family more passionately dedicated to the constant improvement of the quality of their wines.
Traditional methods, modern techniques
Eric Fabre quickly recognised the potential of the soil, the climate and the grape varieties favoured locally. He then introduced a carefully planned planting and grafting programme to balance the white and red production, together with a land management approach focused on respect for the environment and sustainable practices, according to the High Environmental Value Farm certified Level 3.
The grapes are picked by hand, carefully sorted and production and bottling take place on the estate, with the elusive touch of magic that is the gift of great wine makers, bringing together the best of traditional wine growing and modern techniques.
So it is fitting recognition that Eric's talent and hard work have been rewarded with more than 35 gold medals since 2002, and as many selections in reputed guidebooks (Wine Spectator, Decanter, Jancis Robinson, Revue du Vin de France, Bettane & Desseauve, Hachette, Gault & Millau, etc.).
A long History in wine-making
It began over 2000 years ago when Julius Cesar offered this rocky outcrop, now known as the massif de la Clape, as a grateful reward to his most favoured legionnaires. They were the first to plant the land in vines and successfully export their wine both east and west. Their choice of variety is significant, as the Malvoisie grape was reputed in Greek mythology to proffer the gift of wisdom!
Winemaking has continued here ever since, and Languedoc region became part of France under the reign of Louis VIII, with a large part of it under the management of Anglès bailiffs from 1226 until the French revolution. It was Barthélémy Etienne d'Anglès who took over the estate after the revolution when he was a local mayor in the late 1700's, with the vineyard then remaining in the Anglès family for over a hundred years.
The Château d'Anglès vines bask in 300 days of sunshine a year, enjoy an average temperature of 14°C and benefit from the prevailing dry northerly winds to keep them healthy. In addition, the moisture carried inland by the night sea breeze allows the grapes to reach full aromatic and phenolic maturation.
And it is the surrounding vegetation of the "garrigue", including pines, thyme, rosemary, juniper and the aromatic cistus bushes, which contributes the aromas that give the wines of the terroir de la Clape their specifically Mediterranean flavour.
This apparently dry and hostile environment belies its generosity, and in fact, the hard, stony, well-draining limestone soil, together with the sunny climate, all combine to offer exceptional wine growing conditions.
Wine Spectator: Classique Rosé:
"A ripe, rich and exotic tasting rosé" KM
Wine Enthusiast: Grand Vin White:
"A lesson in aging 06, was amazing, fresh/vital/acidity, fruit, structure" tweeted by Lauren Buzzeo - Tasting Director
Wine & Spirit magazine: Grand Vin Red
"a southern powerhouse with a sophisticated presentation"
"One of the Best 50 Value French Wines"
"One of my favourite producers of the Languedoc"