Originally the domaine belonged to the monks of Cluny Abbey but was acquired by the Cheysson family in 1868, when Emile Cheysson bought the property, located in the heart of the village of Chiroubles in the Rhone department and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region of France. He was a statesman and sociologist who played an important role in the institutionalisation of statistics in France and he liked nothing more than to escape to his cellar and make wine. Today the estate is run by Jean-Pierre Large, the Beaujolais Cru-master of Morgon. The exceptional terroir here consisting of decomposed granite soils, was well-known before the French Revolution, and 26 hectares are under vine in the appellation of Chiroubles, planted with Gamay and a little Chardonnay for their Beaujolais Blanc. These are high altitude vineyards, some of the highest in the Cru Beaujolais, planted at 400 metres above sea level, which imbues the wines with freshness and delicacy. The cellars date back to the 17th century, but their equipment is state-of-the-art, and Domaine Cheysson are making a name for themselves as a producer of exceptional wines: elegant beautifully fragranced wines, brimming with gloriously supple bright fruit.