Our soils

Our soils

The Fabre Family vineyards are established on various types of soil :

Limestone is the dominant soil type in the region. Most of our soils have a high pH, resulting in structured wines. Some soils, such as those of Cruscades or Luc Terrace (Grenache from Mourel hill) appear to be calcareous gangue, which is a combination of rounded stones from the old terrace of Wurm.

This limestone, very hard, also used for construction. It’s called « la pierre de Ferrals »

Ancient sandstone quarries are still visible over Boutenac heights. They have provided the material for the construction of Fontfroide and Lagrasse Abbeys, and also for housing in the countryside.

Ancient sandstone quarries are still visible over Boutenac heights. They have provided the material for the construction of Fontfroide and Lagrasse Abbeys, and also for housing in the countryside.

For the sake of transparency, we must report the soils of la Courtade basin, where recent sediments have accumulated in the bottom of the Lirou. The depression is the result of recent wind erosion, which was so intense that it has reversed the relief; hilly areas became valleys and vice versa. The most ancient materials appeared again in small mountains closed to Beziers, the « soubergues ».

The surrounding vegetation, called “Guarrigue”, is typical of the Mediterranean, with box trees, junipers, thyme, rosemary, lavender, and sage. This landscape evokes heat, aromatic smells, and the songs of cicadas. The perfumes of the scrubland are rather spicy, dominated by laurel, pepper, and nutmeg. Carignan, a red grape varietal typical of the Corbieres, exhibits these particular flavors and aromas.

We simply could not discuss our soils and terroir without illustrating the land so close to our hearts. It perfumes our Sunday strolls, our wine, and constitutes a sensory element inseparable from our region!