2014 Château Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes SKU #1229404

Price: $24.99

DC 91 WE 91
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K&L Notes

Vitallis is a new "hidden gem" our buyers found in the Mâcon, where small producers fly under the radar. In classic Burgundian fashion, the Dutron family has been growing vines since 1835, and now owns some of the oldest and best parcels in the village of Fuissé in the Pouilly-Fuissé district. Our buyers happened upon the château during a trip to Burgundy last October, and it was quite evident upon their return that they’d found something special. Perhaps it was the haste with which the samples were chilled and opened, or the irrepressible smiles, but this was evidently a good breakthrough for our Burgundy buying team. In the glass, the wines live up to the hype: subtle, like any good white Burgundy, but complex, mineral-driven and poised. Since these grapes hail from “Vieilles Vignes,” or old vines aged 45-70 years old, the must is intensely concentrated in flavor. Denis Dutron uses all French oak, again with minimal new oak, and he also employs traditional “batonnage” practice, stirring the lees through the wine to create a richer textural feel that plays well off the intensity of the fruit. Overall a more intense and structured wine, the 2014 Vitallis Vieilles Vignes is a wine that is immediately intriguing, but will also reward a few years of cellaring. Natural fermentation, with aging in French oak (15% new oak).

Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    12/27/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    A richer, weightier offering of Pouilly-Fuisse from the spectacular 2014 vintage this new property for us displays golden apple notes with layers of almond and oak. Despite the richness of the fruit the wine is driven by acid and minerality that help to focus the wine. For those looking to move from California into a well made but affordable French white this bottle is for you. Also if you are already a fan of this style of wines this is a must try.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    6/16/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a great alternative to California chardonnay or for those of you who are looking to switch to Burgundy. Generous, old vine fruit with yellow apple, white stone fruits, toasted nuts and a touch of oak.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    6/2/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Serious Pouilly Fuisse...truly speaking of the terroir. Dominated by the distinctive limestone characters; this is fascinating. Very focused with tons of drive and linear clarity. A must try for fans of this intensely mineral driven style.
    Top Value!
  • Sal Rodriguez
    By: Sal Rodriguez
    4/22/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Like its little brother, this is quite pretty out of the glass. The more noticeable tones of toast and vanilla let you know it's been in contact with more wood, and in this instance is a wonderful thing! There's a lot more going on with this wine than the price would make you think. I like the addition of the more supple, creamy texture from the additional contact with the wood. You get a lovely amount of baking spice mixed in the with the stone fruit and citrus flavors, making it that much more enticing. An elegant wine that I can't wait to take home for dinner.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    4/1/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is phenomenal! A new addition to the K&L family, this Pouilly-Fuisse is easily one of my favorites we have had in recent years. It is full and expressive, with ripe orchard fruit notes, yet lined with an inescapable sense of the Burgundian terroir. Mineral notes show plainly under the fruit, and the characteristic flint notes are beautifully integrated in the aromas. If you are looking for excellent white Burgundy at an everyday price, look no further!

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