Domaine du Pélican is owned by Burgundy’s great Marquis d’Angerville, who have been producing wines of precision and purity with a more Burgundian characteristic than most wines you’d find in the Jura. Domaine du Pélican Grand Curolet Chardonnay is lovely and fresh with savoury notes on the nose, following on to a palate that is beautifully open, ripe and textural. Generous ripe fruit of nectarines, orchard fruit and zesty orange with a slight salty twist giving some tang and freshness to the finish. Seductive but woven together by a fresh seam of acidity giving this wine brilliant focus and elegance. What a brilliant glass of wines!
Grand Curoulet, previously owned by Robert Aviet, a well-known name in Arbois amongst Jura wine lovers, is considered to be one of very best terroirs of Arbois. It is a North-facing parcel located on the side of a hill that dominates Arbois and the plaine de la Saône, where the first vines of Arbois were widely thought to have be been planted. The estate’s holdings here total almost 5 hectares (12.5 acres). When they acquired the vineyard in 2012, they attempted to salvage its old (60+ years) vines, but had to recognise after one vintage that this was not possible. Hence they uprooted the parcel almost entirely, and took advantage of this to perform some very useful drainage restoration work. The parcel was replanted in 2015 with Savagnin (two thirds) and Chardonnay (one third) varietals. The 1ha of Chardonnay is planted at the top of the slope on grey marls. The crop is lightly crushed before being pressed, and fermentation is in foudres and barrels – with no new oak.