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Hotel Château de Besseuil, Macon-Clessé

The Burgundy wine hotel Château de Besseuil is located north of Mâcon at Clessé (71 Saone-et-Loire, BFC) and is surrounded by vines  on the southern edge of Burgundy.

Chateau de Besseuil

Chateau de Besseuil

Burgundy wine hotel

The chateau dates from the  16th-century, with stylish modern rooms which retain some of their original features including exposed beams and fireplaces. There is also an outdoor swimming pool. There is a mix of 14 bedrooms and 6 apartments sleeping up to 6 people, some of which are in the out-buildings of the Chateau. Free wifi.

This 4**** hotel offers a restaurant and a wine bar where wine-tastings are offered, including the Chateau’s own wines and others including classic Burgundies and from further afield.Free wifi

Ch de Besseuil wineVire-Clessé

Here the wine is  l’AOC Viré-Clessé, a combination of the earlier appellations Mâcon-Clessé and Mâcon-Viré, in the Maconnais/Côte Challonaise parts of southern Burgundy. The wine is 100% Chardonnay, and only white wines are produced.

The Chateau is well-situated for visiting the vineyards of southern Burgundy and also Beaujolais to the south.

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nearby alternative vineyard accommodation: Chateau de Pierreclos Bed and Breakfast

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Viré-Clessé  The appellation VIRÉ-CLESSÉ achieved recognition in 1998 and was launched a year later. It is the first appellation Village to be formed from outstanding terroirs within the AOC Mâcon Villages. Viré and Clessé are two communes in southern Bourgogne lying between Tournus and Mâcon. Because the wines of the two villages closely resemble each other in typicity, it was decided to form them into a single appellation, although the terroirs included in it were subjected to a rigorous selection process. Viré and Clessé also produce wines of the appellations Mâcon, Bourgogne and Mâcon Villages. The names Mâcon-Viré and Mâcon-Clessé have been in disuse since 2002. The colour is a pale but brilliant gold, somewhere between white-gold and yellow, with in some cases greenish highlights. The nose makes an immediate and pleasant impression with a bouquet of may-flowers or acacia, springtime honeysuckle, and broom, together with notes of lemon balm, white peach, verbena, and mint or bracken. As the wine ages, quince jam and pine make their appearance. Lively and fresh, with a slight edge and yet well-rounded, this wine is a reliable introduction to the Mâconnais whites.
It is delicate and supple and has a tender and spontaneous side with a touch of nervosity which does it no harm. see