Domaine de Cébène

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Winemaker(s): Brigitte Chevalier

Winery Info

Leaving her native Bordeaux and the employ of Jean-Luc Thunevin, for whom she was the export manager, Brigitte Chevalier settled in Faugères with the intention of starting her own estate. For years she had been drawn to the unique terroirs of Faugères and its rugged landscape hugging the Massif Central in the far northwest corner of the Languedoc. Faugères is a borderland where the gentle climate of the Mediterranean meets the wild and unpredictable weather of the central upland of France. Through diligent research, Brigitte was able to locate a group of vineyards in a remote part of Faugères, centered around a ziggurat-shaped hill at an elevation of 320m above sea level. This location affords a range of northfacing exposures, then around the slope of the hill facing east before finishing with full southern exposure. Underneath these sites is the classic soil of Faugères – schist. This distinctive soil stretches from Faugères southwestwards into Saint-Chinian, creating wines with pronounced acidity and minerality – qualities that distinguish these two regions from their neighbors. These factors – soil, exposure and climate – combine to allow Brigitte to make wines that suit her palate, which is what she calls, “Vin du Nord in the South.”

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