Viré-Clessé, Dom. de Roally
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Viré-Clessé, Dom. de Roally - 2021

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

As Burgundy becomes more and more unapproachable to the casual and curious wine drinker; there remains a small area in the Macon that is defying the trend, delivering affordable world-class wines. The towns of Viré-Clessé. Domaine de Roally has been part of the 5.5 hectare family estate of revered Burgundy producer Jean Thévenet since the early 2000s. In the last two decades control has been handed to the next generation Gautier Thévenet and production has become fully certified as organic. This outstanding example of Chardonnay features fragrant notes of lemon and thyme on the nose. Balanced minerality developed in the clay-limestone soil throughout the property. A reassuringly fresh example of White Burgundy that is perfect for a light bite and peaceful evening sip on the couch.

- EC

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