Grand Cru Selections

Domaine du Pelican

 
 

Domaine du Pelican began with a bottle of wine.

"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.'" - Guillaume d’Angerville

The wine was a bottle of Stéphane Tissot’s Chardonnay Arbois Les Bruyères 2005 and it left such an imprint on Guillaume that it inspired him to begin a search for vineyards in the Jura to create a new domaine. After purchasing Chateau Chavanes in Montigny-les-Arsures, Guillaume built a winery surrounded by 5 hectares of biodynamically farmed vines that had been impeccably replanted ten years prior by the former owner, Francois de Chavanes. The domaine is supported by an additional 5 hectares of chemically-free vines formerly farmed by Jean-Marc Brignot. In 2014, Jacques Puffeney announced he would be retiring and that Guillaume would be taking over 4 hectares of his vineyards.

Now, at just under 15 hectares, Domaine du Pelican is practically the same size as Domaine Marquis d’Angerville and the family’s first venture outside of Burgundy.