Viré Clessé - France

Viré - Clessé - France

Chardonnay

Lemon, Stone-fruit, Lavish

£ 13.00

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Editors note

Key points:  

- White Burgundy is said to be the ultimate Chardonnay

- Vire Clesse is a commune from the Maconnais, a sub-region of Burgundy  

- Deliciously crisp and energetic white wine with green apples, lemons, great acidity with a hint of richness on the palate

How to pronounce it: Vee-ray-clay-say

Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

Vintage: 2014

Serving temperature: 10°-12°C - Low temperature 

Impress your guests:  Did you know that this origin was only born in 1999? The wines were that good that they created a new appellation for the two villages of Vire and Clesse, going through the process of selecting every single plot authorized for this new stamp of approval.

The people behind

Vire-Clesse is a hidden jewel in the well known Maconnais crown. That is why we paired with producer Edouard, one of the biggest influencers of the region, to create this wonderfully delicious white Burgundy. After describing to Edourad what our ideal Chardonnay would be – elegant and subtle – he got our vision straight away. The finish product is a luscious yet graceful superstar of a wine.

Origin of the wine

Located in the southerly region of Maconnaise, and the largest of Burgundy, is the sub-region of Vire-Clesse. This area provides a virtual border between Northern and Southern France; and you can really notice it. Here the climate gets decidedly warmer and everything looks slightly more Mediterranean. In fact harvest begins a full two weeks earlier than in Chablis, the most northern part of Burgundy. Although Vire-Clesse is a relatively new appellation of south Burgundy, outstanding wines have been made here for centuries.  The influence of the warmer climate shows in their wonderfully structured Chardonnays which display a freshness of soft apple and white peach aromas. 

The winemaking story

Vire-Clesse wines are produced exclusively from Chardonnay. The appellation's laws permit only the driest of white wines –those with less than 3g/L of residual sugar. Wines that are anything less than bone dry must be labelled as Macon or Macon Villages.