2016 Château Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Vignes du Chateau" SKU #1334348


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There are still treasures to be found in the Mâcon, where small producers fly under the radar. One such gem is Château Vitallis. 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 a few years ago, 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. Natural yeast fermentation, aged on the lees, with 70% in stainless steel tanks and 30% in French oak.

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  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    A fantastic Burgundy value, the Les Vignes du Chateau delivers exactly what you want out of a fine Pouilly Fuisse. There's a wonderful balance of ripe, soft stone fruit notes, subtle aromas of barrel toast and vanilla and lemon zest like citrus. A wonderfully elegant weeknight wine!
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    Of the 2016s, this one is a favorite. The nose is utterly gorgeous with white flowers, white nectarine and freshly peeled orange and lemon rinds jumping out of the glass. On the palate it is racy and vibrant with pure fruit freshness and great length. The texture is not as opulent than the Vielles Vignes or Les Perrieres but the flavor concentration is powerful and balanced.
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    A classic Burgundy in every way. It is broad, with its richness of fruit perfectly balanced by its minerality and oak spice notes. Very nice with broiled lobster tails.
  • Alex Pross
    By: Alex Pross
    K&L Staff Member
    Chateau Vitallis is located in the heart of Fuisse with numerous vineyard holdings and vines with an average age of 35-75 years they have great raw materials at their disposal. The 2016 Pouilly-Fuisse "Vignes du Chateau" is a fantastic wine with beautiful notes of stone fruit and golden delicious apples on the nose with a richly-textured palate of orchard fruits and mineral notes. A classic Pouilly-Fuisse that deserves your attention.
    Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2021
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    I was introduced to the Chateau Vitallis last year and was enchanted by their wines which showed rich weight and depth without losing acid or balance. The 2016 Les Vignes Du Chateau continues this tradition and style I came to know last year. Ripe warm fruit and weight greet you immediately with notes of golden apple and vanilla. The midpalate is driven by citrus like acid and there is still a layer of minerality that shows up. A lovely affordable wine that will please any who desires the weight of Chardonnay while still desiring lift and length.
  • Dulcinea Gonzalez
    By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
    K&L Staff Member
    Here's a total bargain! If you are a fan of richer style chardonnay, this Pouilly Fuisse is a great example of that approach. The wine offers a warm toasted oak character that is paralleled in perfect harmony with lemon-like acidity. The palate shows nice volume and with flavors of minerals and citrus fruits. Recommended!


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