2014 Domaine du Pelican Chardonnay Arbois #129000015


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About Domaine du Pelican

Domaine du Pélican, situated in the Arbois AOC appellation of the Jura wine region, is a testament to the adventurous spirit of Guillaume d'Angerville and François Duvivier. Initially attracted to the potential of the region's Chardonnay, the duo ultimately settled on Jura for its geographical proximity to Burgundy and untapped potential. Now, Domaine du Pélican has flourished into an impressive 37 acres vineyard, predominantly dedicated to cultivating Savagnin, the region's flagship white grape.

Domaine du Pélican employs meticulous, biodynamically-driven viticulture coupled with manual harvests. The vineyards, nestled on south-facing slopes, enjoy the benefits of ample sunlight, balanced by Jurassic marl and limestone-rich soil that provides adequate drainage.

Although their portfolio includes red wines from Jura's three black grape varieties, their most distinguished offering is their Trois Cépages, a harmonious blend of Pinot Noir, Poulsard, and Trousseau. This wine offers complexity and depth, with each variety contributing to its unique flavor profile.

However, the gemstone of Pélican's offerings is undoubtedly the Savagnin. Savagnin Ouillé, a non-oxidative style emphasizing the purity of the grape and terroir, is aged for ten months in neutral 350-liter barrels. Another Savagnin expression, the Grand Curoulet, comes from a meticulously rehabilitated parcel with a north-facing exposition, known for its late ripening and exceptional suitability for Savagnin.

Domaine du Pélican's use of Burgundian techniques, such as the terroir-focused ouillé approach and single-vineyard bottlings, ensures wines of unrivaled purity and fresh minerality. Their Chardonnay, too, demonstrates the effectiveness of this approach, with single-vineyard selections from the cool, north-facing Grand Curoulet and the warmer En Barbi parcels offering contrasting but equally remarkable experiences.

All in all, Domaine du Pélican combines respect for local winemaking traditions with innovative practices, resulting in a dazzling range of artisanal wines that encapsulate the essence of Jura.

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