2015 Château Vitallis Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Perrieres"

SKU #1378050 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A selection from top Dutron family vineyards in the village of Fuissé goes into this wine. Ripe with apricot and mango flavors that are rounded out with spice from wood aging, the wine is full without losing any crispness or ripe acidity. Drink this concentrated wine now.  (4/2019)

K&L 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, with only a few new barrels, and he also employs traditional "batonnage," 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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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2019 | Send Email
"Les Perrieres" is the newest addition to the Vitallis portfolio (first vintage was 2013), made in honor of one of the best terroirs in Pouilly-Fuisse. With a selection of grapes from some of the top vineyards, this has precise balance between rich fruit and vibrancy. But remember, 2015 was hot and dry so this is quite sultry with luscious texture and pronounced ripe stone fruit flavors. The wine spends 18 months in oak barrels. Enjoy now with a nice decant or cellar for 3+ years.

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Varietal:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5