Domaine du Pelican Grand Curoulet Savagnin Ouille 2018

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Guillaume d'Angerville's love of Jura wines began with a single bottle of wine. He recounts, '"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.'" When d'Angerville migrated eastward to the Jura and planted an outpost here, taking over the legendary Jacques Puffeney's estate vineyards, it was clear to the wine world that this was a place to which attention should be paid. Having one of the greatest names in Burgundy to create Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Jura truly has taken the region to another stage. While sommeliers and natural wine nerds have habitually gravitated here, these wines have gained the poise, precision, sophistication that demands for you all to pay attention. These wines are très classique and in a recent blind tasting, the Savagnin had me gushing adoration for over five minutes as I wondered how someone had taken everything I love out of one of my favorite Burgundy producers and blended it with high end Savenniéres. The reds demonstrate everything you love in high end Burgundy at a fraction of the price point: sophistication, minerality, and finesse. - BK

From Grand Cru Selections:

Domaine du Pélican purchased this parcel of Grand Curoulet in 2012 from Jean-Marc Brignot. Prior to Brignot, it was owned by Robert Aviet, a well-known name in Arbois.

Grand Curoulet is one of the 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. Grand Curoulet is also believed to be where the first vines of Arbois were planted. Due to its North facing exposition and windy location, Grand Curoulet usually matures later than the other terroirs of Domaine du Pélican.

Domaine du Pélican's parcel of Grand Curoulet is just under 5 hectares in size. The original plan in 2012 was to salvage the parcel's many 60+ years vines but after one vintage, it became clear that the parcel needed to be rehabilitated and that salvaging the old vines was not going to be possible. The following year, the process to uproot the entire parcel started.

The parcel was replanted in 2015 with Savagnin (two thirds) and Chardonnay (one third). Savagnin was the predominant planting since Grand Curoulet is a terroir that is better suited for Savagnin. The soil is made of grey marls (about half the parcel) and multi-colored marls (green and red) from the Triassic period. These are the oldest marls found in the Jura.

At harvest, the grapes are lightly crushed before being pressed and fermentation is in foudres and barrels. One third of the crop macerates on the skins for one night before being pressed. Aging is in 500L barrels with no new oak.

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