2014 Chateau Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1229404 91 points Decanter

 Quince and manadarin aromas with layers of warm butter and caramel. Great roundness on the palate with hints of caramel and new oak, well complimented by the thrilling grapefruit acidity and impressive length  (7/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 From vines aged between 40 and 80 years, this is a lightly wood-aged wine, with yellow fruits that go with the spicy toast. Full, ripe, and nicely cut with acidity, it has a creamy, smooth texture. Drink now.  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

Last few bottles of 2014!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).

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
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.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
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!

By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2016 | Send Email
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.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2016 | Send Email
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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