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Domaine de Cébène - an update

Brigitte Chevalier arrived in the Languedoc in 2004 and made her first Faugères in 2008.   She comes from Bordeaux, where she had worked for a négociant, but she really wanted to make her own wine.   And it was the variety of the terroir and the choice of grape varieties that brought her to the Languedoc.   As she explained, ‘here you have a wonderful impression of liberty compared to Bordeaux where you are weighed down by tradition’.   Cébène takes its name from the goddess of the Cevennes, the hills that form a backdrop to the vineyards of Faugères, an outline of which features on Brigitte’s labels.   She now has a new cellar outside the village of Faugères, buried in schist with views across the valley to the village and the Pic de Tantajo, and even as far as the sea. It had been a while since I had tasted Brigitte’s wines, so I accepted an invitation with alacrity, as I was interested to see how things had evolved.   Brigitte has always looked for cooler sites, so that her grapes

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