Fine wine and spirits merchants, Justerini & Brooks, is delighted to announce the latest addition to its extensive portfolio, Jura’s Domaine du Pélican.

The brainchild of Guillaume d’Angerville, proprietor of the great Volnay estate Marquis d’Angerville and wine-maker, François Duvivier. Justerini & Brooks will be featuring four wines from the Domaine: the ‘Trois Cépages’ red blend of Trousseau, Pinot Noir and Poulsard; a single varietal from the indigenous Poulsard grape; a Chardonnay and a Savagnin.

Justerinis’ Buying Director Giles Burke-Gaffney commented, “We are thrilled by this opportunity to represent Domaine du Pélican in the UK. Guillaume d’Angerville and François Duvivier have done a superb job of elevating the estate to among Jura’s greatest.”

The trigger for this exciting new project was in Taillevent Paris, where Guillaume d’Angerville was served blind a bottle of 2005 Jura Chardonnay and was struck by its quality and taken aback to discover the wine was not from Meursault, or anywhere else in the Côte d’Or. Several Jura visits and tastings later and Guillaume was convinced to buy land there.

Guillaume d’Angerville and François Duvivier

Assisted by respected Jura geologist, Yves Hérody, to find the best vineyard sites, led to a deal with 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, with a further five hectares leased in 2014 from retiring Jura legend Jacques Puffeney. Creating a 15 hectare estate nestled between Arbois and Montigny, managed by François Duvivier, a partner in the Domaine du Pélican estate. Vitally all 15 hectares are within 2km of each other, the same as in Volnay, allowing the estate to grow the vineyards bio-dynamically – for which some of the necessary treatments need to be made within two hours of preparation.

“Since its birth 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,” says Giles. “The rigour and investment of the Marquis d’Angerville, local know-how and great terroir is proving a potent combination – for these are some of the Jura’s most exciting and complex wines.”

The plots are among Jura’s finest, the very best being En Barbi and Grand Curoulet. The terroirs here are a mix of marly clay and gravels with varying exposures from north to south - 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 élevage is shorter, lasting twelve months as opposed to eighteen in Volnay. Tanks and foudres are employed for ageing the reds, 500 liter 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.

“This project is so much more than simply Burgundy meets Jura. These are wines with their own thrilling personality made by a skilled team with local know-how. This Domaine will play a central role in revealing Jura’s full potential, we very much look forward to playing our part in that,” extols Giles.

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