Major upheaval in Roussillon: Two great estates change hands

Roussillon vines

Domaine Roc des Anges and Domaine Gauby have recently changed hands. Here’s a review of the recent events that unfolded in the Roussillon region.

Gérard Gauby sells his family estate

Domaine Gauby, a pioneer of fine Roussillon wines, was taken over by Gérard in the 1980s. Organically farmed since 1996, the estate has been a real driving force in this vast region. At the dawn of his 40th vintage, the man behind the reputation of this Calce estate – backed by his son Lionel since 2000 – has sold his 45 hectares of vines to two French investors: Francois Baulé (Eximium) and Yann Mazabraud (Rhythm Pharmaceuticals).

Meanwhile, Lionel Gauby is maintaining Eau de Souche trading activity. As for Gérard, he won’t be straying far from the wine scene, since his dream involves planting vines high up near Mount Canigou (at an altitude of 2,784 metres). As for the future of the estate, there’s nothing to worry about as one of the investors, François Baulé, already has a foot in the wine industry in Saumur-Champigny and Champagne.

Marjorie and Stéphane Gallet sell the majority of Domaine Roc des Anges

Marjorie (who trained with Gérard Gauby) and her husband Stéphane have sold a majority stake in Roc des Anges. This 50-hectare estate, established in 2001 and located in Latour-de-France, impressed us greatly both a few years ago and during our visit in July 2023. Thibault Ponthier is the lucky new owner. The couple will be working closely with him until 2025 to ensure a smooth handover. Which means that 2023 was their last vintage and 2024 will be a collaboration with the new owner.

Given their ageing potential, the estate’s finely crafted wines should take pride of place on your tables for many years to come, and we can’t wait to taste the next vintages.

Domaine Gauby and Roc des Anges wines available on iDealwine