Poulsard is a tricky grape, according to Guillaume. It goes from being under-ripe to being overripe very quickly. It also has very fragile skin and doesn't always ripen perfectly.
The Poulsard parcels are located in Arbois and in Montigny-les-Arsures. Their age varies between 25 and 60 years, and they grow on marly and sometimes sandy limestone soils. First produced in 2015, it is made entirely from the Poulsard vineyards previously owned by Jacques Puffeney.
Vinification is similar to that of Pinot Noir or Trousseau. The entire crop is de-stemmed and the juice is treated very gently with pump overs but not punching down. After fermentation, the Poulsard is aged in a large foudre until bottling.
The history and worldwide reputation of Burgundy and the Jura couldn't be more different. While Burgundy's vineyards have been carefully delineated over centuries and pricing has placed them atop the most collectible fine wines in the world, the Jura has remained quietly tucked in a sleepy corner of France an hours drive east. Jura certainly has its enthusiasts, but for the most part the wines have been sold in France.One evening at a Parisian restaurant a blind tasting of a single wine set in motion a series of events that may ultimately be the turning point for the Jura.
Guillaume D' Angerville, of the Domaine Marquis d' Angerville estate in Volnay, is at the helm of one of Burgundy's elite and storied estates, with roots dating back to 1507.
D' Angerville's arrival in the Jura was initially met with skepticism from the locals. A Burgundian coming in search of vineyards to purchase was not something those in the town of Arbois were thrilled about. There's a more insular feeling in the Jura where so many of the wines are kept local that outsiders, even from nearby, are met with a suspicious eye. However, Guillaume's true fondness for the wines and the history of the small region revealed itself quickly. He made it clear his goal was to bring a worldwide awareness to the great, and incredibly unique wines of the Jura.
Several properties were subsequently purchased, and organic and biodynamic viticulture was implemented at all immediately. Included were the famed holdings of Jacques Puffeney, who had recently retired. And with the 2012 vintage the wines of Domaine du Pélican were released, the name deriving from the pelican that graces the crest of town of Arbois. Something tells me that Parisian sommelier enjoys recounting this story quite a bit each time a guest orders the Pélican wines