The Viré-Clessé AOC
is a village appellation of the Mâconnais wine region in the Saône-et-Loire département. Created by a decree of 26 February 1999, this appellation replaces the former Mâcon-Clessé and Mâcon-Viré appellations for white wines. The Viré-Clessé wine producing area is limited to the communes of Clessé, Laizé, Monbellet and Viré.
The terroir of Viré-Clessé lies on two slopes running north-south between the valleys of the Bourbonne and the Mouge. They are composed of Bajocian fossiliferous limestone and Oxfordian (Jurassic) strata of limestone-marl. Other soils at the foot of the slopes are clays containing sandstone pebbles known as "chailles". They are well-drained and east-facing. Also found here are soils containing white limestone pebbles, typical of the Mâconnais, and known as "cray". This is the best soil for the Chardonnay grape. The Viré-Clessé vines grow at altitudes between 200-440 meters.
The Viré-Clessé wine appellation produces only white wines made from the Chardonnay, the main white grape variety of Burgundy. The Viré-Clessé wines display a lovely bright pale gold hue. Lively and fresh, with a slight edge yet well-rounded, they display finesse and suppleness, a tender and spontaneous side. These qualities are perfectly reflected in the wines from Domaine Chanson Père & Fils and Domaine La Soufrandière.