This appellation village was created in 1999 and extends to cover more than 400 hectares between the villages of Clessé and Viré. The fruit is sourced entirely from the 65-year-old vineyards in the locality Le Mont in the town of Clessé.
Unlike the Mâcon-Uchizy, the Viré-Clessé Villages sees a small portion (around 20%) of large 400 - 600 liter oak barrel fermentation with the lion’s share being in tank. The wines show signature Viré-Clessé richness while still remaining fresh.
"This has very attractive freshness for the appellation with stony nuances and fresh citrus, as well as young nectarines. A wealth of fresh fruit on the palate and a very bright finish."
90 points, jamessuckling.com (February 2019)
"This too is mildly exotic with a ripe yet fresh nose of dried yellow orchard fruit and hints of lychee and muscat. There is once again good verve to the sleek and nicely detailed middle weight flavors that coat the palate with extract while exhibiting pretty good length on the bitter lemon-inflected finish that offers good but not special depth. To enjoy on the younger side."
88 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, June 2019.
"Bottled in early October 2018. From a vineyard called Le Mont, in Clessé, with vines between 55 and 85 years old. 20% has been vinified in 350-600 litre barrels, the rest in tank. There is a touch of yellow to the colour, sulphur on the nose, the typical rich fruit of Viré-Clessé, slightly saline too, and a touch of CO2 which is useful to maintain freshness in such a ripe wine."
88 points, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy, November 2018.
Pierre Meurgey’s winery is situated in Davayé, in the heart of the Mâcon region. Ferments and ageing take place in tanks, 400 or 600 litres barrels or in 228-litre oak barrels depending on the appellation. The latter is used for his Pouilly-Fuissé. His attention to detail, discernment and commitment to making wines by climat, all feed his desire to produce wine of purity and freshness.
Pierre Meurgey, a fourth-generation winemaker, has been completely immersed in the world of Burgundy for more than half a century. Producing white wines from Mâconnais under his By Meurgey-Croses and red wines from the Côte d'Or under this By Pierre Meurgey label.
His commitment to and belief in the potential of the wines of Mâcon, and Uchizy in particular, is personal in nature. His mother, Marie-Thérèse Croses was born in Mâcon and family house can be found in the village of Uchizy.
Pierre’s great grandfather started the family business in Beaune. Joseph-Ernest Meurgey-Perron began trading wine at the end of the 19th century and his son (Ernest) and grandson (Henri) followed suit in the wine trade managing estates and working as growers and winemakers in Burgundy. Pierre Meurgey continues the family tradition with a bright future ahead.