2017 Domaine du Pélican

2017 Domaine du Pélican
Domaine du Pélican have released their latest vintage, the thrilling 2017s, alongside their first ever single vineyard wine, the 2016 En Barbi. Described a year ago by Julia Harding in www.jancisrobinson.com as “Polished Jura Diamonds” Pélican seem to have taken their jewel-like Jurassien wines to another level with these new offerings.

Frost at the end of April hit the vineyards hard and resulted in a crop loss of between 50 to 70%. Thankfully what remained benefitted from a warm, benign and stress-free summer. Disease pressure was very low indeed and ripening was completed quickly. Harvest began at the end of August, the earliest vintage in the Jura since 2003. Winemaker and part-owner, François Duvivier, considers the 2017 reds to be “Concentrated whilst keeping their freshness” and the whites to be “rich but blessed with beautiful balance.” For their generosity, style and authenticity these are Jura wines not to be missed. A special mention must go to the single vineyard debutant, en Barbi 2016. A complex Chardonnay that shows just what this little-understood but exciting artisanal region is capable of. A wine as intense and minerally as anything we have tried in Burgundy of late - all crushed rocks, verbena and salts – an unforgettable cuvée we hope to be seeing more of with future releases. For now there are a maximum of 132 magnums for the whole of the UK!


The Pélican story.


Since its birth in Montigny-lès-Arsures in 2012, Domaine du Pélican has rapidly established itself as one of Jura’s leading lights, producing exceptional biodynamic wines that mix finesse with thrilling Jurassien character. Pélican is a joint venture between Guillaume d’Angerville and François Duvivier, his Volnay Régisseur, who have in such a short space of time elevated the estate to among Jura’s greatest. This project is so much more than Burgundy meets Jura, though, these are wines with their own thrilling personality made by a skilled team with local know-how. We are convinced this Domaine will play a central role in revealing the Jura’s full potential.

The project was born in Taillevent Paris where Guillaume d’Angerville was bowled over by a Jura white he was served blind. Several Jura visits and tastings later and Guillaume was convinced to buy land there. He sought the help of respected Jura geologist Yves Hérody to find the best vineyard sites, a journey which took three years and culminated in a deal with the Château de Chavannes in Montigny-lès-Arsures in 2012 to purchase and lease five hectares. Jean-Marc Brignot sold him another five hectares shortly afterwards and finally in 2014 five hectares were leased from retiring Jura legend Jacques Puffeney.

The estate is managed by Guillaume’s Volnay Régisseur and Pélican business partner, François Duvivier, who runs a team permanently based in the Jura. The vines are between Arbois and Montigny. Vitally all 15 hectares are within 2km of each other, the same as in Volnay, this allows the estate to grow the vineyards bio-dynamically – for which some of the necessary treatments need to be made within two hours of preparation. The plots are among Jura’s finest, the very best being Le Barbi and Grand Curoulet. The terroirs here, a mix of marly clay and gravels with varying exposures from north to south, are even more complex than in Burgundy. Whilst a broadly Burgundian approach is employed to wine-making, there is no doubting the individuality and Jurassien personality of the wines. The d’Angerville approach in the cellar has always been light-touch, one which is toned down even more for Domaine du Pélican, little new oak is used and élévage is shorter, lasting twelve months as opposed to eighteen in Volnay. Tanks and foudres are employed for ageing the reds, 500 litre casks for the Savagnin and traditional Burgundian barriques for the Chardonnay. The whites are both “topped up” as opposed to the more common oxidative Jura method.


2016
 
6x150cl
10
5
£425.00 ib
ib
6x150cl
0
4
£451.78 dp
dp
2017
 
12x75cl
10
5
£307.00 ib
ib
12x75cl
1
3
£333.78 dp
dp
2017
 
12x75cl
10
5
£307.00 ib
ib
12x75cl
0
3
£333.78 dp
dp
2017
 
2017