Domaine du Pelican Arbois Chardonnay 2015
There are some weird wines from France's Arbois. This is not one of them. Rather, think of this biodynamic Chardonnay as a mountain cousin of White Burgundy located just to the West. Which is exactly what drew winemaker Guilliaume d’Angerville here. “I tasted this bottle blind in a restaurant in Paris that I often go to. I always tell the sommelier to give me something blind and the only rule is that it has to be outside Burgundy. When he brought me this wine, I said, 'You forgot the rule, you brought me a wine from Burgundy.' And he said, 'I am afraid you're wrong.'" The wine was a bottle of Stéphane Tissot’s Chardonnay Arbois Les Bruyères 2005 and it left such an impression on Guillaume that it inspired him to begin a search for vineyards in the Jura. After leasing Chateau Chavanes in Montigny-les-Arsures, Guillaume gained access to 5 hectares of biodynamically farmed vines that had been impeccably replanted ten years prior by the former owner. The domaine is supported by an additional 5 hectares of vines never touched by chemicals and formerly farmed by Jean-Marc Brignot. In 2014, the legendary Jacques Puffeney announced he would be retiring and that Guillaume would be taking over 4 hectares of his vineyards.