Viré-Clessé, Dom. de Roally
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Viré-Clessé, Dom. de Roally - 2016

Item # 12727 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Today, Chardonnay from the Mâcon is made from more small estates than ever. Domaine de Roally is at the top of its game when it comes to making delicious white Burgundy from the Mâcon, a region with the reputation of producing more Burgundy than the entire Côte d'Or, and not always at a level we deem worthy. Viré-Clessé, located within the Mâcon, achieved AOC status in 1999, making it its own appellation within the Mâcon itself.

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Staff Pick Notes

An absolutely incredible, lusciously unrestrained Chardonnay. Dense tropical, floral and sweet spice aromas burst out of the glass. The sensory overload never abates – with a sweet waxy texture, lush apricots and strawberries fill your mouth. The finish is persistent with a touch of nuttiness and apricot-pit bitterness. A quintessential example of what ripe Mâcon Chardonnay can express.

- RG

Astor's Glossary of Terms


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