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Brigitte Chevalier
Brigitte Chevalier - Domaine de Cébène
Brigitte Chevalier was previously export manager for the Jean-Luc Thunevin négociant company in her native Bordeaux until, a few years ago, she decided to move to the Languedoc to make wine. She began by making wines from grapes bought-in from other growers, including Faugeres and Saint-Chinian, along with various Vins de Pays.

Whilst continuing with this policy, she now also makes top-notch wines from her own estate, Domaine de Cébène, situated in the far north of the Faugeres region. If that were not enough, she also manages her own négoce company, Chevalier Vins, working closely with top quality growers to produce a range of “Vins de Talent”.

We are proud to have been the first merchant to introduce Brigitte's wines into the UK market, for they are uniformly brilliant, especially her Domaine de Cébène Faugères, which compare favourably with the best wines in the appellation – indeed, with the very best in all of Languedoc.

Domaine de Cébène Ex Arena 2016 IGP Pays d'Oc
Cebene Ex Arena 2016
Region Béziers, Pays d'Oc
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full-bodied
Grapes Grenache and Mourvedre - aged in steel vats
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day
Improves for 2 or 3 days
Drink 2018-2026
Grenache grown on Villafranchien soil (a mix of red clay and smooth pebbles), plus a little Mourvedre, grown on a 40-metre-deep bed of sea sediment and alluvial deposits in Corneilhan, just north of Béziers. Yields are very low, with just 20 hl/ha for the Grenache and a miniscule 10 hl/ha for the Mourvedre. Red currant and berry fruits, soft citrus and a hint of white tree fruits combine with all manner of seconday aromas - woodsmoke, leather, molasses, mint, garrigue herbs and burning incense, to name but a few. A more complex and alluring nose is hard to imagine! Medium bodied in texture, it is full of piquant red and black fruit flavours, with fine tannins, hints of herbs and exotic spices, saline minerality and ample juicy acidity. It really is beautifully rounded and elegant, with a long finish that keeps you coming back for more. A very fine wine, which easily bears comparison with Brigitte Chevalier's trio of Faugères cuvées.

Price:  £14.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)


Domaine de Cébène Les Bancels 2015 Faugères
Cebene Les Bancels 2015
Region Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied - aged in steel vats
Grapes 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Red meats, game, mushroom risotto
Next day
Even better - improves for days
Drink 2018-2028
From the highest vineyards in Faugères (320m) and grown on schist soil, with yields of just 20 hl/ha. This is a delightfully perfumed wine - rounded and ripe, almost sweet-smelling, with masses of bramble, raspberry and redcurrant fruits, garrigue herbs, black pepper and subtle notes of blackcurrant leaf and dried orange peel. The palate is quite dense and expansive, with spiced red and black fruits, savoury/herby notes, ripe tannins and juicy, cherry skin acidity - young, but already getting into it's stride. With time - and especially on day 2 - it develops more weight and power, with additional notes of polished wood, undergrowth, leather and incense on the nose and a slightly more savoury/meaty palate. All of which suggests this wine - which is already a delight to drink - has plenty of evolution ahead of it. Organic.

Price:  £17.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)


Domaine de Cébène Belle Lurette 2016 Faugères
Cebene Belle Lurette 2016
Region Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied, aged in steel vats
Grapes 70% Carignan, plus Grenache and Mourvedre - aged in vat
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Char-grilled red meats, duck, grilled vegetables
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age nicely for 5 to 8 years
Made predominantly from ancient, north-facing Carignan vines grown on schist, at over 300 metres above sea level. Whole bunch fermentation and a complete lack of oak influence is the order of the day here. It simply reeks of garrigue herbs, schiste soil minerality and a whole bucketful of red and black berries and currants, with further notes of soft citrus, polished leather, violets and blackcurrant leaf. The palate has plenty of concentration, whilst at the same time exhibiting an array of delicate, high-toned fruit and garrigue herb flavours. The tannins are grippy but fine and meld beautifully with the mix of sweet, sour and succulent fruit flavours. Subtle hints of spices and cool mint add yet more elegance and complexity. Long, too. This is such a lovely wine, it really is hard to resist now, but definitely has the structure for medium-term ageing. A brilliant wine and yet another reason to love old-vine Carignan!

Price:  £17.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)


Domaine de Cébène Felgaria 2014 Faugères
Cebene Felgaria 2014
Region Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied - aged in oak for 1 year
Grapes 50% Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah, 20% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Red meats, game, duck, tuna carpaccio, risotto
Next day
Even better - you really need to give it 24 hours!
Drink 2018-2030
From the finest plots of south-facing Mourvedre and north-facing Syrah and Grenache, grown on an isolated hill at 320 m above sea level. This is Brigitte Chevalier's top cuvée and the only one which sees any sort of oak regime, being both fermented and aged in used 500 litre barrels for 1 year. And it certainly combines all of the best aspects of her other three cuvées. A youthful, bright cherry red colour, it is a wine made for the long haul, and therefore benefits from a little air before drinking. It offers a wonderfully complex and heady perfume of cassis, bramble and blackcurrant mingled with high-toned black cherry and seville orange, myriad herbs and exotic spices, blood/meat, new leather and a hint of beautifully judged oak. The palate is at the same time taut and youthful, yet complex, supple and elegant, offering a combination of fresh and crystallised red and black fruit flavours, again subtly spicy and savoury, with lots of earthy/mineral notes, fine, lapsang tea-like tannins and ample acidity. The finish is long, cool and minty. This is a truly lovely wine, which has the quietly-spoken Brigitte Chevalier's stamp of femininity all over it. It caresses rather than gropes, in a Bandol-meets-Burgundy sort of way, and those with the patience to wait for it to reveal its full charms will be richly rewarded. Let's be honest, it isn't cheap.......... but Faugères does not get any better than this. In fact, Languedoc wine of any description rarely gets any better.

Price:  £32.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)


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We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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