Guillaume d'Angerville has spent most of his professional career in investment banking. After more than ten years in New York and London, he returned to France and executed a number of mandates for PPR. He was also Managing Director at J.P. Morgan and a member of the European Investment Banking Management Committee until 2005, when he co-founded WCP with Serge Weinberg and Philippe Klocanas.
Guillaume led the acquisition of Balitrand in 2008, and continues to manage this account. He is the owner of the renowned Marquis d'Angerville vineyard in Burgundy.
Guillaume is a graduate of ESSEC Business School.
We’ve been fans of Domaine Marquis d’Angerville for as long as we’ve loved Burgundy and while there are other excellent expressions of Volnay, for us the identity of the village is encapsulated here.
The domaine started bottling its own production in the 1920s after the current Marquis’ grandfather, Sem d’Angerville, stood up to the negociants’ corrupt blending practices. As a result and in defiance of them, he became one of the first Burgundy domains to estate bottle their wines. Today the estate is led by Guillaume d’Angerville, farmed immaculately, and is producing some of the best wines in the entire Cote d’Or.
This cuvée has been made since the beginning of Domaine du Pélican, in 2012. It is sourced from several different parcels of vineyards located in Arbois and Montigny-les- Arsures. The vineyards sit mostly on hill tops, over marly soils. Their altitude is the highest of the estate - close to 400m in elevation.
After harvest, the grapes are lightly crushed and then immediately pressed. Fermentation takes place in barrels and foudres. Aging is in 350L and 500L barrels (of which 5% are new ) for about 30% of the crop. The balance is in foudre and vats.
The Trois Cepages, as the name suggests, is a blend of three grapes. It has been produced since the winery’s inaugural vintage, in 2012. At the time, the decision was made to vinify all of their red grapes together, thereby creating this blend of Pinot Noir (60%), Trousseau (35%) and Poulsard (5%).
The vineyards for Trois Cepages are all located in the village of Montigny-les-Arsures. The geology of the soils are composed of predominatly grey and black marls, partially covered with fallen rocks. The vineyards broadly face West, at an altitude between 300 and 400 meters. Elevage is in Burgundy barrels (50%) and foudre.
The 2018 Volnay Les Champans 1er Cru has an outgoing bouquet similar to the Taillepieds, albeit one with more intellectual weight and gravitas behind it. Black cherries, blueberry and light cassis aromas reveal crushed stone and undergrowth notes, all delivered with intensity and superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly firmer, stockier tannins than the Taillepieds, darker fruit and grainier texture toward the persistent finish. I see this has having real long-term potential.