Domaine La Florane and Domaine de l’Echevin are two properties owned by Francois Fabre and his son, Adrien.
In 1982, Francois Fabre acquired Domaine la Forane at Visan, in the hills near Vinsobres, an estate which encompasses some 35 hectares of vines and a further 14 of woodland. Gravelly limestone dominates the higher ground, with limestone-clay soils the norm on lower slopes, and the vines flourish on south-facing slopes delightfully exposed to the sun; so much so that the slopes are known locally as the Coste Chaud, or warm hillside. For the first 20 years the grapes went to the local co-operative but since the arrival of Adrien they have made and bottled their own wine with great success. Old-vine Grenache, mourvédre, cinsault and a little carignan make up the red varieties with viognier and marsanne planted on the highest slopes.
Domaine del’Echevin is named after an ancestor and former owner Guillaume de Rouville who was mayor, or Echevin, of Lyon in 1586. Comprising 14.5 hectares of vines overlooking the village of St. Maurice, they grow syrah on north-facing slopes, grenache at the highest point and cinsault, viognier, grenache blanc, marsanne and roussanne (all the whites on north-facing slopes). The average age of the vines is 40 years, and everything is farmed with respect for the environment. The fruit form both estates are vinified in a modern, gravity-fed winery built in 2001.