2015 Chateau Vitallis Macon-Fuissé

SKU #1275443

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.

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2017 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
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!

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2017 | Send Email
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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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.