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Fuller Body White

Domaine André Bonhomme Viré Clessé "Cuvée Les Florétilles" Mâconnais, Burgundy, France 2018


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PRODUCT OVERVIEW:
Viré Clessé, located in Burgundy's Mâconnais region, was part of the Mâcon AOC until 1999, when it received the recognition it deserved and was granted its own DOC status. Its unique terroir, which is characterized by white and red clay on limestone rock and its proximity to the Saône River, brings forth chardonnays that rival their counterparts from their more prestigious neighbors in Beaune. Wines form Viré Clessé demonstrate that it certainly pays to go off-the-beaten-path when looking for well-priced, quality juice. 

Founded in 1956 by André Bonhomme, the estate bearing his name produces wine from seven separate east-facing hillside vineyards, each now more than sixty years old, located above the villages of Viré and Clessé in the Mâconnais across 11 hectares of land. André Bonhomme was influential in Viré-Clessé being upgraded to AOC status rather than just being grouped into the wider Mâcon AOC, because his wines were head and shoulders above those in neighboring areas.* Today, the estate is run by André's grandson Aurélien Palthey. 

In keeping with Bonhomme's objective to maintain varietal and terroir-driven character in all if the wines, Palthey farms organically and the fruit is hand-harvested. The wines are aged on the lees and only natural yeasts are used in the fermentation process. 

The “Les Florétilles" parcel comes from an elevated vineyard (close to 1,000 feet) with soils of mixed limestone and clay, very dense, with a lot of little rocks. This parcel is located very close to the village of Clessé, on a slope. Vines are 40 years old on average.*

Today's wine is rich and full-bodied, with aromas of vanilla and pineapple that are harbingers of what is to come on the palate. And that palate! Almost creamy-textured, pineapple flavors dominate here, with accents of herbs, baking spice, red delicious apples, pears, and the merest hint of vanilla acting as supporting players.

PRODUCT DETAILS:
Producer Name: Domaine André Bonhomme

Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Mâconnais
Appellation: Viré Clessé
Quality Designation: AOC
Grape Varietals: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2018
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body White
Viticultural Features: The farming is entirely organic, and the grapes are hand-harvested. The “Les Florétilles"parcel comes from an elevated vineyard (close to 1,000 feet) with soils of mixed limestone and clay.
Winemaking Techniques: Traditional winemaking process is practiced with natural yeast and the wine is fermented and aged in steel vats.
Winemaker: Aurélien Palthey, grandson of André Bonhomme.
ABV: 13.5%
Pack/Size: 12/750 ml
Container Type: Green Glass Burgundy Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork
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