2009 Maison Champy Viré-Clessé

SKU #1074336

According to Allen Meadows: "A light application of wood toast does not interfere with the fresh, bright and clean chardonnay fruit aromas that introduce rich, intense and solidly precise flavors that are delicious and exhibit an attractive minerality. This is really quite good for what it is." (Tasted: Feb 01, 2011) K&L's notes - Another home run from Champy. This one is richer than the Mâcon, fermented with wild yeast, with great length and old-vine concentration as well as lovely flavors. Terrific, clean Chardonnay. According to Dimitri Bazas, winemaker, this is all stainless steel, with the richness and toastiness coming from the vineyard. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/11)

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2011  | Send Email
A new wine from Champy, a very good new wine from Champy. A mix of crisp apple and sweet green melon, pleasant minerality and a touch of toast to round this wine out into a very lovely drink. This producer is one my perenial favorites and this new offering is no exception.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/4/2011  | Send Email
I found this creamy, slightly honeyed Chardonnay expression, with its subtle herb and tart green apple accents and mineral-laced finish to be really interesting and pleasurable. From vineyards situated on the limestone strip that runs north from Pouilly-Fuisse (the backbone of the Cote d'Or) this Vire-Clesse shows Pouilly-Fuisse character without the price tag.

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2011  | Send Email
I wasn't familiar with the village wines of Viré-Clessé in the Mâcon before trying this, but I'll be sure to seek them out again if this affordable beauty from Champy is any indication of what their like. Made using wild yeasts, this has better integrated lees character right now than Champy's Mâcon-Villages (though that could just be a transportation issue), with pretty lemon curd flavors, plenty of acidity and a hint of salty minerality.

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Alcohol Content (%): 13
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