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Domaine André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes 2020
As its name suggests, this comes from vines that have an average age of 80 years. The yield is slightly lower than the other cuvées (35 to 40 hl/ha) giving it slightly more concentration, elegance and aromatic complexity.
This is a true benchmark producer of the region. The humble domaine was founded in 1956 by André Bonhomme. Back then, André's father Joseph owned 4 hectares of vines that were sold under the Mâcon-Viré appellation. Through careful vine growing and vinification, André received enormous respect from his colleagues. He was not only the co-founder of the Independent Winemakers of the Saône-et-Loire; he also was one of the principal initiators of the new, higher quality Viré-Clessé appellation in the 1990's. André has since passed the torch to his daughter Jacqueline and her husband Eric Palthey. They were later joined by their son Aurélien who acquired an oenology degree in 2007 and his brother Johan who subsequently completed his wine studies. The domaine presently covers 11 hectares located on the clay and limestone soils of both the Viré and Clessé communes.