Coming from a storekeepers’ family, this Beaune native completed studies in vine growing and oenology first in Beaune itself and then in Montpellier.
From an apprenticeship in California he brought back a distinct respect for the hygiene of a cellar and improved his English!
His first work experience in the North of the Cote d’Or boosted his understanding of the complex Burgundian soils while he produced the “Crémant de Bourgogne”, Burgundy’s sparkling white wine, similar in varietals and process to the nearby region of Champagne! But he really feels he entered the “wine priesthood” when he became manager of the Domaine Lejeune wine estate in Pommard.
In 1999, he meets the American Alex GAMBAL, who has just created a Wine-merchant house in Beaune. Gambel entrusts him with the keys of his cellar, and Fabrice becomes his winemaker. Over a ten year period, he moves Gambel’s business into the purchase of the raw material of grapes rather than finished wines, thus improving control and therefore the quality of their final product.