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July 1, 2016 | Elden Selections

Arrete Already!

The 'Climats' of Burgundy Climat Change A beautiful summer’s evening in Burgundy, and for some reason we’re watching re-runs on the BBC of this fellow in the north of England trying to convince us that chips and pies constitute regional cuisine. ...  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 1, 2016 at 3:10 PM Permalink to Arrete Already! Permalink
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June 1, 2016 | Elden Selections

Not Again!

If all the French you know is ‘deja vu’, here’s your chance to use it. We are sad to report that, for the second year running, the Cote de Beaune has been pulverized by hail. Last Tuesday, at around 3:30 in the afternoon, the skies opened over Pernand-Vergelesses and a violent summer storm...  Continue »

Time Posted: Jun 1, 2016 at 3:12 PM Permalink to Not Again! Permalink
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September 1, 2015 | Elden Selections

A Clutch of 07s

Domaine Potinet-Ampeau 2007 Whites 2007. The locals say it was the worst summer in 30 years. We have seen 30 first hand, and this one was undoubtedly the strangest. There was no winter to speak of. We did have a very pretty snowfall in late January; but overall the year started o...  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 1, 2015 at 3:07 PM Permalink to A Clutch of 07s Permalink
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June 1, 2015 | Elden Selections


This may be my weirdest tasting ever. An overall lousy morning: my wine pick-ups were all screwed up in one way or another, so the warehouse rejected my Customs paperwork, so I had to spend lunchtime scrunched over the steering wheel duplicating in duplicate. I turned up at the Domaine Rapet Pere...  Continue »

Time Posted: Jun 1, 2015 at 2:33 PM Permalink to SPAT IT ALL – A VERY DISCREET TASTING Permalink
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April 1, 2015 | Elden Selections

An Exceptional Tasting

Generous Burgundy This past weekend the Domaine Rapet Pere et Fils in Pernand-Vergelesses invited their friends for a tasting of 30 vintages of their Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru ‘Ile des Vergelesses going back to 1984....  Continue »

Time Posted: Apr 1, 2015 at 3:09 PM Permalink to An Exceptional Tasting Permalink
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January 21, 2015 | Elden Selections

Dijon. It’s Official!

Ever since French Cuisine was officially inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, the French government (from the ministries down to the mayors of cities with serious gastronomy credentials) has been planning what they are calling an official ...  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 21, 2015 at 3:02 PM Permalink to Dijon. It’s Official! Permalink
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December 1, 2014 | Elden Selections

Vines in the Auxois Hills Once Again

THEN AND NOW We had a white wine from Viserny last week. That’s Viserny there in the photo. It’s just down the road from where we live. And you would never guess but it’s the most important wine village in the area. The wine we tasted was a well-made-home-made inscrutable, ...  Continue »

Time Posted: Dec 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM Permalink to Vines in the Auxois Hills Once Again Permalink
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November 3, 2014 | Elden Selections

Mighty Neighborly

We’re just in the door from six weeks of tours in the Veneto. It’s always good to be home, to get back to Burgundy. But our long absence means that a huge pile of mail and a long to-do list await our return. So we usually allow a few days to regroup before we announce to the world that...  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM Permalink to Mighty Neighborly Permalink
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August 1, 2014 | Elden Selections

Burgundy 2013

Burgundy 2013 was yet another small crop. The fourth in as many years. Some of it will be very good, in both red and white. But for some producers it was a disaster. As we always do, let’s start with a run-down of the weather conditions over the growing season (what the locals tellingly call ‘th...  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM Permalink to Burgundy 2013 Permalink
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July 1, 2014 | Elden Selections

Burgundy 2014: Early July

They always say not to count your chickens. And last week the aphorism hung heavy in the air. The violent hail storms that once again ravaged Burgundy, and pulverized (for the third consecutive year) the vines of Pommard and Volnay, broke the spirit of the region. Until then, a mood of optimism had  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 1, 2014 at 3:13 PM Permalink to Burgundy 2014: Early July Permalink
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March 1, 2014 | Elden Selections

Burgundy Vicariously

I'm back in Burgundy after a great (albeit snowy) week in New England and a very fulfilling Boston Wine Expo. As we have been telling you for the past few weeks, we conducted a Burgundy seminar at the BWE. And it went off to great acclaim for a sold out room. The wines were drinking well and the mes...  Continue »

Time Posted: Mar 1, 2014 at 2:58 PM Permalink to Burgundy Vicariously Permalink
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February 3, 2014 | Elden Selections

Scarce, But In No Way Lacking

The 2014 Chablis Concours The 28th Chablis Concours took place last week (yes I am late in reporting on this…), as always at the BIVB headquarters in the Petit Pontigny in Chablis. This event has grown in competence and stature over the years, and is today one of the events in ...  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM Permalink to Scarce, But In No Way Lacking Permalink
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January 21, 2014 | Elden Selections

Our Barrel from the Hospices

Nearly 2 months after the excitement of the annual wine auction at the Hospices de Beaune, we went to the Hospices’ cuverie to pick up our prized barrel. It’s a Volnay 1er Cru ‘Santenots’ Cuvee Gauvin (could you have missed our earlier posts?) and we’re as excited today as we were at the e...  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM Permalink to Our Barrel from the Hospices Permalink
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December 21, 2013 | Elden Selections

Exceptional in Every Way

The 153rd Wine Auction at the Hospices de Beaune It’s always a wild ride. But 2013 was a white-knuckle experience. And Elden was there....  Continue »

Time Posted: Dec 21, 2013 at 2:40 PM Permalink to Exceptional in Every Way Permalink
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October 11, 2013 | Elden Selections

From the Vine to the Vat

I was down in the Cote d’Or yesterday to see how the harvest finished and to smell that first whiff of fermentation. These past few weeks we have been hearing all sorts of reports from all over Burgundy....  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM Permalink to From the Vine to the Vat Permalink
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August 1, 2013 | Elden Selections

The New Phylloxera?

This post was scheduled to appear last month, but in light of the recent legal actions taken against Burgundy wine grower, Emmanuel Giboulot, we decided to wait to see how the case would develop. A recent NY Times op-ed piece about the situation and various support groups for Emmanuel Giboulot have ...  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM Permalink to The New Phylloxera? Permalink
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July 1, 2013 | Elden Selections

What a Surprise – Vintage 2012

Here in Burgundy last year at this time, the mood was dour. We were in the middle of a four month period of rain and miserable cold. Hail storms had machine-gunned huge swaths of the Côte de Beaune. And the threat of rot dangled over the vineyards....  Continue »

Time Posted: Jul 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM Permalink to What a Surprise – Vintage 2012 Permalink
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June 17, 2013 | Elden Selections

Much Ado

That was one nerve-wracking month of May! While we were down in the Veneto with our tours, Burgundy was deluged with a-foot-and-a-half of rain, turning the vineyards to mud pits. We watched from a distance as our winemaker friends tried to cope with conditions that teetered on disastrous....  Continue »

Time Posted: Jun 17, 2013 at 2:55 PM Permalink to Much Ado Permalink
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May 1, 2013 | Elden Selections

Easter Monday with the Borgeots

Lundi de Paques Those of you who have followed these posts in their various guises over the years know that Easter Monday at our house means that the Borgeots are coming. It’s become such a tradition that we don’t even have to 'invite' them anymore; they just turn up! Pascal ...  Continue »

Time Posted: May 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM Permalink to Easter Monday with the Borgeots Permalink