The Viré-Clessé comes from seven separate east-facing hillside vineyards, each now more than sixty years old, located above the villages of Viré and Clessé in the Maconnais. The farming is entirely organic, and the grapes are hand-harvested. After cool fermentation (20% in neutral barrels) the wine matures for a full twelve months on the lees, and is bottled six months after racking.
First, use a good large glass (this limpid, green-gold Chardonnay is Burgundy, after all, and a textbook example of how fine wine evolves after it’s poured). The nose unfolds gradually with Golden Delicious apples, ripe pears, wild fennel and raw honeycomb. On the palate, the generous, limestone-infused Chardonnay flavors echo the nose, adding cloves, ripe honeydew, and a fleeting suggestion of lilac, all seasoned with mouth watering, limestone minerality. The overall impression is one of luscious, sunny, mineral opulence.