Château Vitallis Pouilly-Fuisse 2018, Burgundy, France

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 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, some of which are over 65 years old. The average age is 35 years. The vineyards are situated on Southeast facing slopes at an altitude of 750 to 900 feet in the villages of Fuissé and Solutre. They use traditional methods in the vineyards and 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. 100% Chardonnay. The aroma of this white Burgundy is clean and offers generosity and depth along with accents of blanched nut and citrus. The wine enters the mouth with a clean attack and has a particularly long line ending with etched, persistent acidity, inflections of yellow and white fruits, and a faint vanilla note. This white is medium-full in weight and has excellent presence and balance as well as an elegant, lasting finish.