France: Burgundy

Mâconnais and northern Beaujolais

From Tournus to La Chapelle de Guinchay
By Michael Edwards

This Guide was last updated on 25 April 2011
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Domaine Emile Cheysson

Address: Clos Les Farges, 69115 Chiroubles
Tel: 04 74 04 22 02  Fax: 04 74 69 14 16
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 46:10:50N (46.18056)    Longitude: 4:39:56E (4.66556) 

In 1870, the date when this leading estate was founded, Chiroubles was better known for its turnips than for its wine. The rural economy of the village based on the polyculture of mixed farming continued until well after the end of the Second World War. Today in the talented hands of Jean-Pierre Large, Cheysson’s 26ha of high-altitude vineyards planted on the purest stratum of granite are the source of superb wines, known for their wafting scents of violets and racy refreshing flavours: these are textbook Chiroubles, maybe the most food-friendly of all the crus, as good with salmon terrine, as they are with coq au vin or a wide range of cheeses. On a summer’s day, the 2006 Medaille d’Or, served slightly chilled, is a perfect mix of intense fruity aromas and supple round flavours; and as autumn’s evenings draw in, the 2005 Cuvée Prestige, aged in wood for 10 months, is rich and powerful without losing its perfumed magic – a great wine for steak barbecued with vine leaves.


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