Domaine du Pelican Chardonnay Arbois 2019

The wines of the Jura are some of the most unique, unrelentingly traditional wines anywhere in the world. Raised in the foothills of the Alps in the Hura, a place much better known for its cheeses (Comté, Morbier, Emmental, Mont-d’or, Gex Blue, Vacherin du Haut-Doub) than its wines – except for the hard core geeks who seek out these wines and granting them near cult status in the world of off-the-beaten path wines. Some can be a bit rustic and take a bit of getting used to, but once hooked, you will be a fan for life. Or not, these are very personal wines and honestly not for everyone. The estate was created by none other Guillaume d’Angerville, giving it instant cred. You owe it to yourselves to at least give them a try!!

This cuve~e has been made since the beginning of Domaine du Pe~lican, in 2012. It is sourced from several different parcels of vineyards located in Arbois and Montigny-les- Arsures. The vineyards sit mostly on hill tops, over marly soils. Their altitude is the highest of the estate – close to 400m in elevation.

After harvest, the grapes are lightly crushed and then immediately pressed. Fermentation takes place in barrels and foudres. Aging is in 350L and 500L barrels (of which 5% are new ) for about 30% of the crop. The balance is in foudre and vats.

$44.99

Description

Region: France, Jura, Arbois
Grape(s): Chardonnay
Terroir: The vineyards sit mostly on hill tops, over marly soils. Their altitude is the highest of the estate – close to 400m in elevation.
Winemaking: Fermentation takes place in barrels and foudres. Aging is in 350L and 500L barrels (of which 5% are new ) for about 30% of the crop. The balance is in foudre and vats.

Domaine de Pelican was created when famed Burgundian winemaker Guillaume d’Angerville was served a bottle of Jura wine in a restaurant, and the rest as they say, is history. "I tasted this bottle blind in a restaurant in Paris that I often go to. I always tell the sommelier to give me something blind and the only rule is that it has to be outside Burgundy. When he brought me this wine, I said, ‘You forgot the rule, you brought me a wine from Burgundy.’ And he said, ‘I am afraid you’re wrong.’" – Guillaume d’Angerville

The wine was a bottle of Stéphane Tissot’s Chardonnay Arbois Les Bruyères 2005 and it left such an impression on Guillaume that it inspired him to begin a search for vineyards in the Jura. After leasing Chateau Chavanes in Montigny-les-Arsures, Guillaume gained access to 5 hectares of biodynamically farmed vines that had been impeccably replanted ten years prior by the former owner. The domaine is supported by an additional 5 hectares of vines never touched by chemicals and formerly farmed by Jean-Marc Brignot. In 2014, Jacques Puffeney announced he would be retiring and that Guillaume would be taking over 4 hectares of his vineyards.

Within a short of period of time, Guillaume and his team in the Jura, led by François Duvivier, have adopted a Jurassic sensibility and are poised to do great things.

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