Domaine Du Pelican
The origin of Domaine du Pélican began with a blind tasting which literally changed the life of Guillaume d'Angerville, the sixth generation owner of the highly regarded Domaine Marquis d'Angervile in Volnay, on Burgundy's Côte de Beaune. He frequently visited Le Taillevent, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Paris, and would ask the sommelier to select a bottle of wine for him to taste blind. The sommelier could choose anything he liked as long as the wine was not from Burgundy. On this occasion Guillaume was served a bottle of Chardonnay from Arbois in the Jura, which he mistook for a Burgundy, and was so astonished and impressed that he decided to start his own wine project in this small eastern part of France, sandwiched between Burgundy and the Swiss Alps. Starting in 2008, it took a while for Guillaume to find what he was looking for, but with the help of Yves Hérody, the respected geologist he used for soil analysis in Burgundy, he found it. In 2012 Domaine du Pélican [The name of the winery is a reference to the pelican on the crest of the city of Arbois] was established at Château Chavanes in Montigny-les-Arsures with 5 hectares of 10 year old biodynamically farmed vines which had previously been planted by the then owner Francois de Chavanes. A state-of-the-art winery was created, and 5 more hectares were bought from the natural wine producer Jean-Marc Brignot at the same time. In 2014 an additional 5 hectares were leased from Jacques Puffeney, a legend in the Jura whose expertise earned him the nickname “the Pope of Arbois”. These 15 hectares are divided into different vineyard plots, planted at an altitude of between 300 and 400 metres above sea level, and are all farmed biodynamically; Guillaume is committed to this philosophy. The terroir of the Jura is unique and complex. Savagnin and Chardonnay are sourced primarily from two plots, Au Barby and Grand Curoulet, planted on soils rich in Jurassic marl and terre de gryphées which is flecked with marine fossils. Grand Curoulet also has some red and green marls from the Triassic period, and these are the oldest marls in the Jura. The I.8 hectare En Barbi parcel is planted on Jurassic marl so rich in limestone that it appears white. The Trousseau vines in the Béranger parcel are over 50 years old, planted on alluvial soil with silt over grey marls. The Pinot Noir planted on the Clos Saint Laurent parcel is between 10 and 45 years old, planted on limestone scree from the Bajocian period over grey marls. The Poulsard vines are between 25 and 60 years old. Domaine du Pélican has rapidly established itself as one of the best producers in the Jura, making thrilling wines that will entrance you with the unique character of the Jura presented in the distinctive bottle shape of the region, which is as idiosyncratic as its compelling wines!