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Frédéric Maignet, Consultant Oenologist talking with Grégory Barbet, President, in the cellars while sampling red wines

Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes 2018

Mâconnais
  • 75cl bottle

Appealing, fresh Mâcon from the old vines found in the villages of Viré and Clessé. Partial malolactic fermentation and 8 months on fine lees deliver aromas of muscat, apricot and exotic fruits and a round, medium-bodied palate.

Vineyards

From the villages of Viré and Clessé, the main crest is a limestone formation rising above marls of the Lias series. The base rocks consist entirely of upper Jurassic limestones. The territory of Clessé includes marls of the lower Jurassic Lias.

Vintage

2018 was the rainiest winter for 60 years. Though average temperatures were normal, this does not reflect how variable the conditions of 2018 were: a harsh December, mild January and a cold February. As a result, budburst happened late in mid-April. Spring was a turning point: sunny, dry and warm, which allowed the vines to catch up and indeed continue ahead of the curve. Mid June then marked the beginning of a drought that continued until the first day of harvest. Harvest began right at the end of August and had to be done vigilantly to avoid over-concentration in the grapes picked later - the heatwave continued. 2018 could well be compared to 2009 with deep colour, complex aromas and remarkable fruit intensity.

Winemaking

The grapes are pressed and a controlled, cool fermentation takes place immediately in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is only partial to retain some of the crispness. Bottling happens after 8 months.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted White Meats
  • Fish/Shellfish
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Salads and Picnics
Goes very well with seafoods, fish and starters and a very good aperitif.