The appellation Vire-Clesse achieved recognition in 1998. It is the first appellation Village to be formed from outstanding terroirs within the AOC Mâcon Villages. Viré and Clessé are two communes in southern Burgundy lying between Tournus and Mâcon. Because the wines of the two villages closely resemble each other in typicity, it was decided to form them into a single appellation.
The Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon Viré-Clessé is a new acquisition of Dominique Lafon’s, 7 hectares of vines from the Château de Viré. Only a small proportion of the fruit actually goes into this wine, the rest is declassified into Mâcon Villages. The vines are up to 75 years-old, and are a massal selection of the rare Muscat variety of Chardonnay.
Sweetly-scented aromatic orchard fruit on the nose. The palate is all about fruit with golden apples, cherry, plum and peach flavours.