2015 Chateau Vitallis Macon-Fuissé SKU #1275443


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Tasting 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. In the glass, the wines live up to the hype: subtle, like any good white Burgundy, but complex, mineral-driven and poised. 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.

Staff Reviews

  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    Chateau Vitallis is an estate known for old vines, some of which are over 65 years old. The Chardonnay vines for this Macon Fuisse are 35 years old and grow on limestone rich soil, a preferable growing partner for Chardonnay. Vitallis utilizes natural fermentation in stainless steel and matures the wine on its fine lees for 6 months to preserve the fruit character and freshness. The use of oak is nuanced and provides a delicate toasty aroma and soft, round palate. It smells rich and complex like roasted apples, Meyer lemon curd, and crushed seashells. This wine is really lovely and far exceeds its extremely reasonable price point.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    I had to go back to this wine a second time at our staff tasting... I didn't believe that this Macon Fuisse could be under $20! Chateau Vitallis has delivered not only refreshing minerality, but considerable texture and complexity at a price that I don't usually associate with fine white Burgundy. If you are looking for something without the heavy oak and alcohol, but still plenty of Chardonnay flavor, this is a must try!
    Top Value!
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    The southern Burgundian region of Macon is making some of my favorite Chardonnay in the world right now. It probably has to do with the tremendous balance of which these wines are capable (not to mention the tremendous value). This one shows ideal harmony between creaminess and acidity, seashell minerality and orchard fruits, salinity and leesy richness. Medium bodied with pristine concentration, I would look no further for pairing with a light cream sauce pasta or shellfish.


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