outsider

Brigitte Chevalier
Domaine de Cébène

Previously export manager with Bordeaux wine merchant Jean-Luc Thunevin, Brigitte came to Languedoc in 2006 to make wine her own way. She began by using grapes bought-in from other growers; today, while continuing with this policy, Brigitte manages her own wine merchant company, Chevalier Vins, and also makes top-notch wines from her own Domaine de Cébène.

Brigitte’s vineyards are in two contrasting areas, one in Faugères, the other in Corneilhan (20 km from the Mediterranean). Her winemaking quest is for freshness and perfect fruit aromas, with as little intervention as possible. Her cuvées have terroir-tastic names: Ex Arena means “out of the sand” (the plot in question is a 40 metre-deep bed of sea sediment), and Felgaria is the old name for Faugères; this wine’s grapes come from deep-rooted vines grown on the schist hillsides and terraces in the far north of the appellation, at 300 metres altitude. “I want to make vin du nord (wine from the north) in the sud (south),” she says. She has already captured the style and delicate flavor of cooler-appellation wines in the Languedoc, proving that her winemaking skills are equal to her commercial talents.