This family domaine was for many years run by talented fourth-generation winemaker Michel Chignard, whose work during the 1980s raised the profile both of his own estate in Fleurie and of the Beaujolais region in general. During the 2000s, he gradually handed control of the property to his son Cédric, who continues his father’s passion for tradition both in the vineyard and the cellars.
The family’s eight hectares of vines lie in an enviable position atop a hill beside Moulin à Vent, and include the highly regarded Les Moriers vineyard site which runs in a steep slope straight into the village. This means that the granitic soils here, typical of the Fleurie appellation, also contain some of the manganese found in Moulin à Vent, resulting in a rare blend of the two distinctive village styles. Much of the vines are over 60 years old, and they remain planted in the traditional gobelet system.
All grapes are harvested by hand before being transferred to the winery, where they are fermented in the classic whole-bunch style in a mixture of stainless-steel and cement tanks, before ageing for 13 months in large oak barrels.