Gamay is a noble grape, son of Pinot Noir, and the wines it creates have always been numbered among the great red wines of Burgundy.
Once a place to rest along the pilgrims' route of Santiago de Compostela, Château des Jacques was purchased by maison Louis Jadot in 1996.
Although the domain has, historically, always had close ties to Burgundy, the links between Beaujolais and the wider Burgundian region have not always been all that well defined. This is a reminder that, due to its size - 18,000 hectares in total - Beaujolais has its own distinctive identity.
One thing that makes Beaujolais totally unique is its soils, based mainly on pink granite, a crystalline bedrock that was formed 350 million years ago.
Beaujolais also derives its uniqueness from its grape, Gamay Noir, progeny of the Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc grapes. Variously accused of a range of evils ("most harmful to human beings according to Philippe le Hardi, Duke of Burgundy, in his edict of 1395) and its easily caricatured fruit profile, Gamay is nevertheless the only plant that thrives on these infertile soils, and the wines it creates have always been numbered among the great red wines of Burgundy.
Cyril Chirouze was appointed as the manager of the Château des Jacques in June 2015.
Born in Lorraine, Cyril has been passionate about wine since he was very young, and it became the focus of his studies. He received his degree in agriculture, with a specialisation in viticulture and oenology, from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique in Montpellier.
His career began in Beaujolais in 2006, then he was a winemaker at the Château des Jacques from 2007 to 2013.
After having specialised in Gamay, Cyril wanted to manage a Pinot Noir vineyard in the Côte de Nuits for a couple of years - but was seduced by Beaujolais into returning to the region!
Cyril is a great lover of sport, and he plays badminton and runs on a regular basis - he takes part in a marathon every year but chooses not to publicise his finishing times.
He's also very interested in cooking, and enjoys messing around in the kitchen with his two children just as much as he relishes fine dining in good company.