Wines That Describe Mâconnais Region

The Viré-Clessé appellation is produced on the vineyards of the same name, which occupies 3.85 square kilometers of two hillsides areas located on one of the most eastern links of the Mâconnais sub-region of Burgundy, Central France. It is precisely located in the northern part of the Mâconnais sub-region and north of the town of Mâcon as well, in the direction of the Côte Chalonnaise sub-region.

Best Soil For the Chardonnay

The grounds have an eastern exposure and are located at an altitude between 200 and 440 meters above sea level.

On the main ridge, they are composed of limestone with Bajocian interstices and Jurassic marl-limestone strata. The soils of the second coast are made of clay with “chailles”, that is to say, of sandstone pebbles well-draining. The production here reaches 1,900,000 liters of wine each year, averagely. These reliefs offer the Chardonnay a very favorable soil.

Wines that Brings Mouth to Life

The grapes of this appellation reveal all its most characteristic aroma, with dominance on the acacia blossom, hazelnut, and linden, and, as its ages, the appearance of more mineral notes. The dress of these whites is pale gold, very luminous. At the palate, they are lively and fresh, round, and at the same time, a little pointed. These are white wines that have good aging potential even though they can be eaten young. It is advisable to drink them during the first six years.

The Viré-Clessé AOC was born in 1999. Based on the AOC rules and regulations, the allowed base yield is 5500 liters per 0.01 square kilometers, and the grapes must reach a maturity of at least 11.0% potential alcohol.


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A part of the important features of Viré-Clessé appellation for white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Limestone or marl -limestone.
  • Taste: Well balanced.
  • Wine color: White wines with golden color.
  • Aromas: Acacia blossom, hazelnut, and linden.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 6 years.
  • Serving temperature: 10 to 12° C

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Region Highlights

Surface: About 3.85 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Viré-Clessé
Grapes: Chardonnay
Types of Wines: White Wine

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