A young and authentic wine

The Viré-Clessé wine was created in 1998 by a small group of winemakers in the South of Burgundy. Today, it weighs in as one of the region’s finest white wines. Although it was the most recent to count among the great family of Mâcon wines, Viré-Clessé has earned its reputation of being both a youthful and authentic wine.

Above all other consideration, Viré-Clessé is about ‘terroir’, the land on which the grapes have grown. Nestled on the hills of the Northern Mâconnais region, the Chardonnay vines tap into the distinctive soil that enables them to fully express their potential. Produced in the towns of Viré, Clessé, Laizé and Montbellet, our appellation has become a reference for top quality Burgundy white wines. The chalk and limestone soils produce a smooth, subtle and fruity golden-green wine.

Our wine is produced from 450 hectares of vines by about forty winemakers and two cooperative wineries. Compared to the neighbouring Mâconnais wines, the Viré-Clessé appellation is fairly low scale. Our rigorous requirements have enabled us to select only the finest terroirs of our villages to create the Viré-Clessé that we know today.

Our hillsides watch the sunrise

Our vines face the Saône river on the East and benefit from a semi-continental climate that regularly sees days of lingering mist. The plots can only be planted on single hills facing the rising sun and very well exposed to the daylight.

In Viré, the limestone soils infuse a saline and refreshing tartness into our wine. In the hundred hectares of the Quintaine terroir, right in the heart of our Viré-Clessé appellation, the wines produced are smoother and milder. Some winemakers even decide on a late harvest when the grapes are over matured and peppered with Botrytis or «noble rot». This enables them to produce grapes with a higher concentration of sugars. These «levrouté» white wines will please those who enjoy rich and sweet white wines.

For the moment, our appellation in the North of the Mâconnais region doesn’t have a classified ‘Premier Cru’ or ‘first growth’ label yet. Our winemakers have not gone through all of the necessary paperwork to obtain the coveted label. But that hasn’t stopped them from painstakingly working their vines and even claiming nominations associated with the climate. You can often spot the names of the plots of land on the labels, making it easy to localise exactly where the grapes were harvested. There are 114 localities in our appellation.

To get to know us better, please join us every Spring for our wine-tasting week-end. Our winemakers would be happy to share their passion with you in a festive ambiance.

50 years of measures and determination for Viré-Clessé

It all started in 1937 when the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO, the National Institute of Appellations) suggested that the winemakers create a «Cru» (top quality grade). At first, they refused, to avoid extra taxes. In 1963, the winemakers submitted their first application for Viré and parts of Quintaine to be labeled as a ‘cru’. The request was rejected by the INAO on the grounds that it was purely for commercial purposes. Ten years later, a second attempt brought together 17 towns in an effort to have their standard recognized and formalized. This second request was rejected as well. In 1988, the winemaker’s union of Viré renewed its attempt with more solid arguments. An investigative commission finally gave them a go ahead, but demanded that both the Viré and Clessé projects merge into a single label. After several developments, the project finally saw the light in 1997. The cru became official in 1998 and was sealed into law in March 28th’s official journal of the French Republic.