Franck Michel and his nephew, Vincent, took over the domaine from Franck’s father, Rene, in 1996. Franck is the cellar master and runs the day-to-day at the domaine while Vincent is in charge of the vineyards. Vincent’s father, Denis, chose to take care of the family’s cattle. The Michel family has been producing Maconnais wine for six generations in the village of ‘Cray.’ Since 1998, when the Viré-Clessé appellation was created, the Michels have produced a lineup of four Viré-Clessés and a small amount of Macon-Villages from vines they own just outside of Viré-Clessé. Their total exploitation amounts to 37 acres and the average age of the vines is 50 years.