Domainne du Pelican Chardonnay En Barbi 2018
Domaine du Pélican has been farming this En Barbi parcel since 2012 with particular interest. It is a south-facing plot, sheltered from the winds due to its location at the end of an amphitheater of hills around it. Its southerly exposure accounts for its early and complete maturation at harvest. The soil is silty clay over grey marls, resulting in excellent drainage and low risk of hydric stress. En Barbi was replanted by the previous farmer and the vines are now approximately 15 years old.
For several years, they have been vinifying En Barbi separately from the other Chardonnay plots, to taste it as "single vineyard" during aging. In 2016 and 2017 this experiment became official once they decided to bottle approximately 300 magnums of it as a single vineyard. After two vintages under their belt and perfect conditions in 2018, they bottled the first release of En Barbi Chardonnay in bottles and magnums.
The wine is aged in 350L and 500L barrels (50% of total); 30% in foudre (large oak cask) and 20% in vats.
The soil in the parcel of “En Barbi” is Jurassic marl, so rich in limestone that it appears white. Francois Duvivier believes that the presence of such a large amount of marl in the soil contributes to wines with more minerality, volume, and length than a “classic” soil of clay and limestone. He describes the balance between the soil type (marl) and the exposure (south) being the main factors behind “En Barbi”'s uniqueness as a plot.
The total size of the En Barbi parcel is 1.8 hectare but only 1ha of it is Chardonnay - the rest is Savagnin, Trousseau, and some Poulsard.