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Domaine du Pelican, En Barbi Chardonnay 2018
A beautiful single plot Chardonnay that is chalky and mineral-driven and oozes with flavours of ripe yellow fruit, chalk, green apple, and buttered toast.
The En Barbi vineyard is an extremely special plot (one of the finest in the Jura), south facing, sheltered from the winds and so rich in limestone that it actually looks white! Francois Duvivier believes that the presence of such a large amount of marl in the soil contributes to wines with more minerality, volume, and length than a “classic” soil of clay and limestone. He describes the balance between the soil type (marl) and the exposure (south) being the main factors in the uniqueness of 'En Barbi' as a plot. After a couple of years experimenting 2018 was the first vintage released in bottles as a single vineyard expression. The wine is aged in a combination of oak barrels (50%), Foudre (30%) and vats (20%).
Since its birth in Montigny-les-Arsures in 2012, Domaine du Pelican has rapidly established itself as one of Jura’s leading lights, producing exceptional biodynamic wines that mix finesse with thrilling Jurassien character. The project was born in Taillevent Paris where Guillaume d’Angerville, proprietor of the great Volnay estate Marquis d’Angerville, was served blind a bottle of Jura Chardonnay from the 2005 vintage. Struck by its quality, Guillaume was taken a back to discover the wine was not from Meursault, let alone anywhere in the Cote d’Or. This moment proved the trigger for an exciting new project. Several Jura visits and tastings later and Guillaume was convinced to buy land there. He sought the help of respected Jura geologist Yves Herody to find the best vineyard sites, a journey which took three years and culminated in a deal with the Chateau de Chavannes in Montigny-les-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 Regisseur and partner in Domaine du Pelican, 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 En 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.
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