Guillaume, Marquis d’Angerville’s Jura adventure started when he was served blind one of Stephane Tissot’s Chardonnays from Arbois and was taken aback with the quality of the wine. Further exploration showed him the potential of the region and still reasonable price for vineyards which share the landscape with rolling hills, wooded valleys and fast running rivers. High rainfall and west facing slopes make this a cooler, lush area with almost more cows than people (this is where the famed Comté cheese comes from) and lots of potential. In 2012 D’Angerville managed to buy a five-hectare estate which had been the hobby for a film producer near Arbois before the money ran out. Farmed biodynamically, the charming Chateau de Chavanes in the hamlet of Montigny les Arsures counted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir among its grapes alongside the traditional Jura varieties of Poulsard, Trousseau and the white Savagnin grape. Very soon afterwards, Guillaume d’Angerville and his winemaker François Duvivier, who is his partner in the Jura domain, had the chance to acquire a parcel called Grand Curoulet which is showing great potential as well as the vineyards of the famous organic grower Jacques Puffeney upon his retirement in 2015, whose wines, especially his Vins Jaunes are legendary. . D’Angerville’s Pélican wines have been described as Jura wines made in the Burgundian style but this just means that the barrels are topped up during the aging process so that the wine is protected from oxygen (called “ouillé” in French and listed on the label.). There is a Vin Jaune made in 2016 but it will not be released until 2023 as by law the wine made from Savagnin grapes needs to age for almost seven years. Two white varietal wines, a Chardonnay and a Savagnin are produced. For the red wines there is a varietal Poulsard and a blended wine “Les Trois Cépages” which is made from Pinot Noir, Trousseau and Poulsard grapes. In the future, as the character of the different terroirs becomes more evident, the plan is to make separate cuvées based on specific parcels such as Barbi and Grand Curoulet. For d’Angerville and Duvivier, Jura seems a magical region. Spared from the ravages of hail and mildew that have hit Burgundy in recent years, a series of good vintages and critical acclaim have put these wines firmly on the radar, at a time when Jura wines are finally getting the fame and praise internationally that they deserve. The Domaine de Pélican takes its name from the symbol of the town of Arbois. Farming biodynamically, the estate produces wines that are fresh, precise, pure wines with very good structure and intensity. We have decided to focus on the Jurassic varieties of Savagnin, Poulsard and Trousseau believing that the Jura heritage coupled with Burgundian winemaking brings out the character and the energy of this exciting domain.