D'Angerville Debut: Jura "Grand Cru"
- 2018 Domaine du Pélican Arbois Trousseau Les Bérangères

Posted by Ian McFadden

Montigny-lès-Arsures is home to the greatest expressions of Trousseau, and Les Bérangères is one of the most renowned vineyards in the village.

When you combine this with d'Angerville's incredibly conscientious and sensitive winemaking, the results are deeply impressive.

Les Bérangères is a vineyard that Jacques Puffeney made famous. Puffeney's Bérangères was the benchmark example of the grape, and it aged beautifully. Upon Puffeney's retirement in 2014, d'Angerville's Domaine du Pélican assumed ownership of Puffeney's vineyard holdings.

The fact that d'Angerville's Domaine du Pélican debut release from Les Bérangères happened in the important 2018 vintage provided the perfect platform for a stunning first release. For the Jura, the 2018 vintage produced structured, aromatic, and exceptionally complete wines.

We've been fans of Pélican since its first release in 2012. It's become clear that over the past couple of vintages the wines have kicked into high gear. The 2018 Bérangères is one of the most impressive wines I've tasted from Pélican.

Montigny-les-Arsures is a wine village just outside of Arbois, where the graviers gras (fat gravel) soils are perfectly suited to Trousseau. Les Bérangères is a very well situated south, southwest facing vineyard. Pélican's fifty-year-old vines in this site add depth and concentration to what's inherently a great vineyard.

Trousseau is a tricky, difficult grape. It doesn't yield well, so quantities are often low, and astounding results aren't guaranteed. However, in the hands of the chosen few, it delivers Jura's most structured, savory, and age-worthy red.

Pélican's 2018 makes it clear that they have "the touch" with the grape. Trousseau's profile always tends towards the earthbound and herbal. Along with mountain briskness, you often get charmingly rustic tannins. Pélican's Trousseau is shockingly sophisticated and suavely textured. You get spice, forest floor, and herbal accented dark red fruits. I really like how the punch and structure of the wine combines with an accessibility that makes the wine's superlative quality easily recognizable.

This is a really exciting first-release. I plan to put a 6-pack in my cellar. I expect this to age beautifully. The amount of finesse and complexity that Pélican's Les Bérangères delivers announces it as a new benchmark for Trousseau.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2018 Domaine du Pélican Arbois Trousseau Les Bérangères

Special Bottle Price: $65.95

Special 4-Pack Price: $247.80 ($61.95/btl)