GARD, Côtes du Rhône

In 2016 after seven years working as the head sommelier of Le Chateaubriand in Paris, Sebastien Chatillon moved to Vallabrix in the Gard to start making wine.

Here’s Seb’s story in his own words…

‘I am from Normandy. I was young I was in the punk movement and also found myself in business school. After a few years I was bored with school and had no idea what to do with my life. Every Saturday a friend and I would nish partying at 5 o’clock in the morning and end up in his dad’s cave drinking wine. After a while I thought to myself, if I am going to drink wine at 5 o’clock in the morning maybe I should learn how to make it?

At the beginning I spent ten days in a big, shitty, chemical vineyard in the Loire before René Mosse asked me to come and work at his domaine. It was supposed to just be for a couple of weeks, but I ended up staying four years. I learned how to work in the vineyard and and discovered natural wine. It was fresh, different and in the morning I had no headache. A dream for a guy like me.

I moved to Paris and worked at Le Chateaubriand for seven years which I spent discovering the wine regions and vignerons of the world. Even before I moved to Paris my idea was to one day make wine. I fell in love with this region because of the big diversity in grapes, climates and soils. It is like a big playground that I am just beginning to understand.’

Seb is a modest guy, his first vintage makes for a compelling debut and we can’t wait to follow his journey over the coming years.