I first met Sébastien (Seb) on my way to meet Valentin Valles in Saint Quentin la Poterie, about an hour South of Rhône. Seb was working as an assistant for Valentin and offered to take us to a rented garage on the other side of town to show us some wines he had been working on.
Having cut his teeth as a Sommelier at Le Chateaubriand in Paris for seven years, then moving to the Loire to work for Domaine Mosse for another four, Seb has been immersed in the world of wine for some time now. He had been working between the vineyard and the winery for nearly six years before he even thought about starting his own production.
At the moment Seb is sourcing fruit by leasing organic vineyards around the Gard region (South of Rhône) with the help of Eric Pfifferling (Domaine L’Anglore), Frédéric Cossard (Domaine de Chassorney) and Jean-François Ganevat. In his tiny garage was a combination of stainless steel, fibreglass, barriques and even puncheons that Pierre Overnoy had gifted him!
With the ultimate goal of producing fruit from his own estate, I think it’s fair to say Seb has the right philosophy to farming, viticulture and winemaking that will see him become one of the greats in time to come. His wines have a freshness and salinity that points towards the likes of L’Anglore or Mosse or even Ganevat for that matter, and as he continues to work with the same landowners in Vallabrix for the second successive year, I have no doubt he will continue to improve on what is already a great foundation for great wine… and given his Le Chateaubriand roots his wines are already high in demand!
Annual production: 2 ha
Vallabrix, Gard, France