Founded in 1956 by Andre Bonhomme and producing across 11 hectares of land, the family Domaine produces with great respect for the product and passion for wine making.
André Bonhomme was influential in Viré-Clessé being upgraded to AOC status rather than just being lumped into the wider Mâcon AOC, because his wines were head and shoulders above those in neighboring areas.
André has now passed the torch to his daughter Jacqueline and her husband Eric Palthey. They were recently joined by their son Aurélien who acquired a enology degree in 2007 and his brother Johan who recently completed his wine studies.
The domaine presently covers 11 hectares located on the clay and limestone soils of both the Viré and Clessé communes. 98% of their production is white, although they also make a little red from Gamay.
The farming is entirely organic and the grapes are hand-harvested.
|Wine||Grape Varietal||Age of the vines||Nature of soil||Technical Sheet|
|Viré Clessé “Pierres Blanches”||Chardonnay||6 to 30 years||limestone soils with white stones|
|Viré Clessé “Cuveé Speciale”||Chardonnay||28 to 70 years||white and red clays (depending on the hillside), on a limestone rock|
|PRODUCER||Domaine André Bonhomme|
|SIZE OF THE VINEYARD||34.6 acres|
|ANNUAL PRODUCTION||110.000 bottles approximately|