2017 Château Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Vignes du Château"

SKU #1378049 93 points Decanter

 Concentrated citrus and sea mineral notes with an attack of ripe tropical fruit and a clean, refreshing acid bite  (5/2019)

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Now almost two centuries old and situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Fuissé, Château Vitallis is one of the few major estates in the region. They cultivate 40 acres of high quality vines across the appellations. The estate was founded by the Dutron family in 1835 and has been run by Denis Dutron since 1981. In the last few years their son, Maxime, has taken on a more substantial role in the wine making and business of the estate. They have 27 acres in Pouilly, 5 acres in Fuissé, 5 acres in Macon-Fuissé, 2 1/2 acres in St-Veran and 1 acre in Macon-Vinzelles The estate is known for its old vines (35 years on average), some of which are over 65 years of age. The vineyards are situated on southeast-facing slopes at an altitude of 750 to 900 feet in the villages of Fuissé and Solutre. Denis tells us, "All our vineyards are grassed over for the last 10 years to limit erosion and especially to control our yields. Rigorous work in our vineyards is essential for us to harvest ripe and perfectly healthy grapes, which is essential for the development of a great white wine." They use traditional methods in the vineyards and a temperature-controlled cellar. The use of stainless steel vats assures a long, cool fermentation and preservation of the fruit and aromas. Aging continues in new and old oak barrels but always with a light touch. His wines are regular medal winners in the many French competitions.

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2019 | Send Email
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.

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/21/2019 | Send Email
Whenever the new vintage of the Chateau Vitallis wines arrive in the store I can't wait to open them up. They are consistently well-made, displaying fabulous flavor and balance, and are always an excellent value. This has beautiful white flower, nectarine, and fresh citrus rind aromatics and on the palate it is racy and vibrant with pure fruit freshness and great length. A fantastic wine.

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