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Sébastien RAVILLY

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Cellarmaster of Château de Barbe Blanche

Sébastien Ravilly was born in 1976 in Ploemeur (Brittany). After receiving his scientific baccalauréat from the Lycée (high school) in Rennes, he travelled widely throughout France in keeping with his parents' professional obligations.  Studying at preparatory classes for the Grandes Écoles in Orléans, he also began to work towards an associate degree in science in Bourges. Introduced to the greatest wines of France by his father, who also had a background in chemistry, he decided to combine the two interests to make oenology his profession subsequent to an advanced vocational certificate from the Lycée de Libourne-Montagne in 1999.

Job and know-how

Sébastien Ravilly discovered Château Bonnet in September 1999, when he was a trainee involved in the white wine vintage.

The following year, Vignobles André Lurton aquired a 50% shareholding in Château de Barbe Blanche  in Lussac-Saint-Émilion. Sébastien Ravilly was asked to look after vineyard and cellar management under the supervision of Michel Gaillard starting with the mythical 2000 vintage. Since then, he has had only one goal: to improve the vineyard, which was sorely in need of improvement when he arrived. Major efforts have been made since (replacing vines one by one, restructuring, reintroducing grass between vine rows, etc. ).

The vineyard is unrecognisable today and the progress has led to a marked improvement of the wines of Château de Barbe Blanche. Sébastien's favourite saying is: "There is no such thing as a great wine without great grapes".  In the coming years, he will be focusing his energy on a new phase: updating the technological performance of the vat room and barrel cellar.