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Vire-Clesse Wine

A walled vineyard in Clessé
(© BIVB / Armellephotographe.com)

Vire-Clesse is a relatively new appellation of southern Burgundy and the most recently created of the region's communal titles. It covers the communes of Vire and Clesse, plus their immediate neighbors, Laize and Montbellet. The catchment area of the title sits midway between the towns of Tournus in the north and Macon in the south, with its eastern side bound by the Saone river.

Created in February 1999 and retrospectively applicable to the 1998 vintage, the Vire-Clesse appellation was intended to single out a small area not covered by the more-prestigious Pouilly titles, but capable of producing white wines of quality. The appellation's laws permitted only the driest of white wines (those with less than 3g/L of residual sugar), which precluded several local producers from claiming the appellation for their traditional wine styles. Wines that are anything less than bone dry must be labeled as Macon or Macon Villages. With their low levels of residual sugar, Vire-Clesse wines are as dry as the famously austere wines of Chablis.

Vire-Clesse wines are produced exclusively from the Chardonnay grape variety. They are similar in style to those made by their immediate neighbors around Pouilly (if slightly drier), being the product of a moderate climate and soils with a high proportion of limestone and clay.

The classic Vire-Clesse wine offers aromas of acacia flowers and exotic fruits, with the best examples having a mineral, flinty undertone known as pierre a fussil (gunflint).

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We found 65 wines produced in this region.
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Grape 
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Chanson Pere & Fils Bastion de l'Oratoire Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $18 7764
Domaine Andre Bonhomme Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $22 7830
Domaine des Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $32 12704
Domaine de Roally Vire Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $23 13356
Thevenet Domaine Emilian Gillet Vire-Clesse Quintaine, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $22 18018
Domaine Rene Michel Vire Clesse Tradition, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $22 22694
Jean-Marie Chaland Domaine des Chazelles Vire-Clesse Vieilles Vignes, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $22 25710
Louis Latour Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $15 26206
Jean Thevenet Domaine de la Bongran Vire-Clesse Cuvee Tradition E.J. Thevenet, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $30 29403
Domaine Andre Bonhomme Vire-Clesse Cuvee Speciale, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $18 38459
Bret Brothers Vire-Clesse Climat La Verchere, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $27 50272
Domaine Andre Bonhomme Vire-Clesse Vieilles Vignes, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $23 50793
Domaine Seguin-Manuel Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $18 55531
Denis Jeandeau Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $27 60588
Jean Rijckaert Vire-Clesse L'Epinet, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $20 62274
Domaine Pascal Bonhomme Vire-Clesse Vieilles Vignes, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $20 63147
Jean-Pierre Michel Vire-Clesse Terroirs de Quintaine, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $22 67915
Domaine Pascal Bonhomme Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $22 70115
Domaine Valette Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $34 70115
Jean-Marie Chaland Domaine Sainte Barbe Vire-Clesse L'Epinet, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $22 73691
Trenel Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $15 76247
Jean-Marie Chaland Domaine Sainte Barbe Vire-Clesse Thurissey, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $28 79137
Jean Rijckaert Vire Clesse La Verchere Vieilles Vignes, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $23 84005
Cave de Vire Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $13 85801
Domaine des Gandines Vire-Clesse Les Gandines, Maconnais, France Chardonnay $17 85801
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