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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Viré-Clessé, white wine appellation created in 1998 by separating out two of the top Mâcon-Villages, noted not just for their quality but for the rich style of their wines. Bizarrely, the appellation initially banned wines with residual sugar such as those made by Jean Thévenet of Domaine de la Bon Gran, but common sense subsequently prevailed. Although most wines are vinified dry, Viré-Clessé tends to produce heady, full-bodied whites of a sunny disposition.