Startling Debut:
2015 Pelican Poulsard

Posted by Ian McFadden

In their first vintage producing a straight Poulsard, Pélican really nails the grape.

In the past two vintages, the wines have really entered the zone. The 2015 Poulsard drives this home in a big way.

Poulsard can be a difficult grape to get right. It's prone to reduction and is a light red that can deliver funk, while lacking real interest. When done well though, Poulsard can be absolutely delicious, fascinating and uniquely invigorating.

2012 was the first vintage of Guillaume d’Angerville's Jura project, Domaine du Pélican. It was clear from the start that they approached the region with a lot of excitement and an utterly sincere commitment to quality. Up until this point, the only Pélican red available has been a blend of Pinot, Trousseau and Poulsard. Their first single varietal bottling is seriously impressive.

Like d'Angerville's Burgundies, Pélican's wines are animated by a sophisticated elegance, impeccable detail and transparency. In this regard, they have no peer in the Jura.

All of this is present in the Poulsard. It has a captivating purity and precision along with just the right amount of polish. There's bright woodland berries, an earthy mineral streak, and silky texture.

To hit a home run with Poulsard is challenging. To do it in your first vintage is pretty amazing. Now that the warm weather has arrived, I wanted to revisit this startling success. This is exactly the sort of red that I'd want to chill down and drink throughout the summer.

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

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2015 Domaine du Pélican Arbois Poulsard