Region: France, Jura, Arbois
Terroir: sourced primarily from two parcels: “Au Barby” and “Grand Curoulet.” Old soils rich in Jurassic marl and “terre de gryphées”.
Winemaking: Domaine du Pelican’s Savagnin is fermented in 500L barrels and ages in neutral 350L barrels for ten months.
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.