Domaine du Pelican Mixed Case
Domaine du Pelican Mixed Case
A mixed case containing either 3 or 6 bottles each of:
Savagnin Ouillé, Domaine du Pelican, Arbois, Jura, France 2016
The reason why this Savagnin is called ‘Ouillé’ is because when people taste it they go “Ooh yay!” I’m afraid to say that passes for humour around these parts. The real reason is because it refers to the practice of ‘ouillage’, which is the technique of topping up the wine level in a barrel to protect it from unwanted oxidation. The term is used in the Jura to differentiate white wines made this way from those that are aged oxidatively or under film-forming yeasts (sous voile), so the wines made like this are jewel-bright. One might even say fresh and focused.
This one is a real beauty, one of the most stylish whites in our portfolio, showing crystalline purity to the fruit (lemon, mandarin, star fruit) as well as an impression of rocks that have had a losing encounter with a hammer and a chisel. That minerality is balanced by the most delicate floral overtones, which bring to mind the feeling of an early spring morning. It’s a hard wine to describe, but a very easy one to love. 12.5% alc. Biodynamic farming. Drink now-2025.
(Savagnin is not Sauvignon Blanc! It’s a very old vine variety, whose origins lie in north eastern France. It is a parent of Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltiner, Sauvignon Blanc, Silvaner, Trousseau, Petit Manseng and possibly Verdelho too.)
Jancis Robinson: “Unexpectedly fragrant, it has a leesy minerality but also orange pith and Victoria plum – an extraordinary range of aromas. But the mineral is dominant. Then full in the mouth, bone dry, ripe, rich and spicy. Extraordinary intensity and complexity, deep and almost chewy because it has so much texture but no phenolic grip. Creamy and deep and long and so fresh.” 17.5 points
Trois Cepages, Domaine du Pelican, Arbois, Jura, France 2016
This Jurassic blend of Pinot Noir, Trousseau and Poulsard is an exercise in elegance, subtlety and finesse. It smells like a young Vosne-Romanee, but is even more fragile, like a bone china cup filled with cherry juice and a scattering of violets. Thoroughly beguiling and ethereal. A wine that manages to belie its pale colour with surprising fruit intensity and a haunting inner perfume. If you like fine-boned red Burgundy, then don’t be scared to give this a try, as it shares a similar ability to make you go weak at the knees. 12.5% alc. Biodynamic. Drink now-2028.
Jancis Robinson: “Lightish cherry red. Pretty and Burgundian on the nose. Red fruited but no otiose sweetness. Beautifully aromatic. Utterly gorgeous on the palate, silky, seductive, delicate but intensely fruited. Lovely freshness and excellent length. Tannin texture is silky, fluid but not flimsy. Very long, gorgeous. You could enjoy this now with the beauty of the fruit and freshness but I imagine it will age very gracefully. Elegant in the extreme. Drink now-2026.” 18 points