The Viré-Clessé appellation achieved recognition in 1998 and was launched a year later. It is the first communal appellation to be formed from outstanding « terroirs » within the Mâcon-Villages AOC. Viré and Clessé are two communes
in southern Burgundy lying between Tournus and Mâcon. Because the wines of the two villages closely resemble each other in typicity, it was decided to form them into a single appellation, although the « terroirs » included in it were subjected to a rigorous selection process. Viré and Clessé also produce wines of the Mâcon, Bourgogne and Mâcon-Villages appellations.
The Viré-Clessé colour is a pale but brilliant gold, somewhere between white-gold and yellow, with in some cases greenish highlights. The nose makes an immediate and pleasant impression with a bouquet of may-flowers or acacia,
springtime honeysuckle, and broom, together with notes of lemon balm, white peach, verbena, and mint or bracken. As the wine ages, quince jam and pine make their appearance. Lively and fresh, with a slight edge and yet well-rounded, this wine is a reliable introduction to the Mâconnais whites. It is delicate and supple and has a tender and spontaneous side with a touch of nervosity which does it no harm.
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