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February 9, 2024 | Elden Selections

Heart of Burgundy Newsletter - February 2024

Here we are in the depths of winter, that time of year when we dream about someplace else. So it’s appropriate that the theme of this issue is planning your trip to the Domaine de Cromey, and all that that might entail. Cromey: the place; the vineyard; the recipes and of course the wine. It’s all here. And even more than you might imagine...  Continue »

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January 17, 2024 | Elden Selections

A New Era: Pouilly-Fuissé finally gets its Premier Cru status

Until September 2020, the Mâconnais region was the only wine growing region in Burgundy with no hierarchy of vines—no classifications of the best plots in the way that they are in other regions. Yet this was an area well used to producing world-renowned white wines from the Chardonnay grape—Pouilly-Fuissé in particular...  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 17, 2024 at 11:30 AM Permalink to A New Era: Pouilly-Fuissé finally gets its Premier Cru status Permalink
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January 10, 2024 | Elden Selections

Heart of Burgundy Newsletter - New Year Issue

Janus, the Roman god after whom the month of January is named, is usually depicted with two faces, one facing back and one facing forward. And so it has been since ancient times, that on the cusp of the new year, we look back, and we anticipate. 2023 was an exciting year for burgundywine.com and the Domaine de Cromey here in Burgundy...  Continue »

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December 21, 2023 | Elden Selections

A Look Back To The 2017 Vintage

The 2017 harvest in Burgundy was a story of better fortunes and welcome relief from the trials and tribulations experienced the previous year. It’s true that wine-growing Europe suffered widespread spring frosts in 2017 which seriously affected producers—but for once, they were generally not Burgundy producers.  Continue »

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December 16, 2023 | Elden Selections

Heart of Burgundy Newsletter - December 2023

December marks a turning point in the year here in Burgundy. The harvest is over. The new wine is agitated, not ready to settle just yet. The light-hearted heavy heads of the Hospices de Beaune festivities give way to a serenity that comes from a job well done. Winter settles in. Thoughts turn to wood fires. Another wardrobe. The smell of pine fills Cromey's pressoir hall. The holidays arrive. We here at Cromey spend a good part of our year making ready for this season.  Continue »

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December 5, 2023 | Elden Selections

Spotlight on: Domaine Joliet – from Burgundy to the New York Times

Founded by the Cistercians in 1142, the famous vineyard known as Clos de Perrière was purchased in 1853 by the Joliet family, who own it to this day (5 hectares of vines and the imposing Manoir de la Perrière in the appellation Fixin, located at the northerly end of the Cote de Nuits). There has been a building there since before the famous monks of the area arrived...  Continue »

Time Posted: Dec 5, 2023 at 11:47 AM Permalink to Spotlight on: Domaine Joliet – from Burgundy to the New York Times Permalink
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November 14, 2023 | Elden Selections

Heart of Burgundy Newsletter - November 2023

Coming to you from the Domaine de Cromey in the heart of Burgundy, it gives me great pleasure to introduce our new monthly newsletter, aptly named 'Heart of Burgundy'. The Domaine de Cromey is the home of Elden Selections and burgundywine.com.  Continue »

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October 12, 2023 | Elden Selections

Heart of Burgundy Newsletter - October 2023

Our inaugural edition of our newsletter, keeping you up to date on the latest Burgundy wine news.  Continue »

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September 13, 2023 | Elden Selections

A Look Back at Our 2016 Vintage Report

If it sometimes seems like the life of a winemaker in Burgundy is a constant diet of sunshine, warm days in the field and effortlessly great wines, then years like 2016 exist to remind us that this isn’t so. Sometimes, it’s hard – brutally hard. You may not know if you’ll be left with any wine at all at the end of it. So if your first taste of the 2016 vintage grabs your attention, then think how lucky you are to be drinking it – because the winemakers certainly think themselves lucky too.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2023 at 2:15 PM Permalink to A Look Back at Our 2016 Vintage Report Permalink
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September 6, 2023 | Elden Selections

Domaine or Chateau?

Most drinkers of French wines are familiar with the terms Domaine and Chateau, and maybe even climat or clos, but how many of us can really define exactly what they mean?  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 6, 2023 at 1:31 PM Permalink to Domaine or Chateau? Permalink
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August 30, 2023 | Elden Selections

Complementary Sensations: The Bouquet in the Glass (and in the Vase)

Our ability to experience senses is one of the greatest wonders of the human brain. Scientists even now are only beginning to get a full understanding of how our senses are inter-related. When it comes to taste and smell, we know that these senses can be subtly influenced by others, such as what we see and hear. In the context of wine...  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 30, 2023 at 10:20 AM Permalink to Complementary Sensations: The Bouquet in the Glass (and in the Vase) Permalink
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August 15, 2023 | Elden Selections

Ladoix

The thirsty traveller, having lunched in Dijon and travelling south through the Cote de Nuits for refreshment in Burgundy, will eventually reach Ladoix-Serrigny. It marks the start of the Cote de Beaune. That it should be associated with ‘beginnings’ is particularly apt, for the name Ladoix means ‘water spring’ in old French. To get technical, Ladoix is actually made up of the village of Serrigny and two hamlets – Ladoix and Buisson. But for now, let’s leave that aside and focus on the more important matter at hand – the wines produced here.  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 15, 2023 at 3:15 PM Permalink to Ladoix Permalink
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August 8, 2023 | Elden Selections

Wine Etiquette - Does it Matter?

There is a lot of ritual around wine drinking. Some of it is for good reason (the way you hold a glass, sniff the aroma, and taste the wine does matter, especially if it’s an expensive wine with a complex character like those listed on BurgundyWine.com by Elden Selections). But can it be taken too far?  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 8, 2023 at 12:51 PM Permalink to Wine Etiquette - Does it Matter? Permalink
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June 6, 2023 | Elden Selections

Places to see around Domaine de Cromey: Beaune

Domaine de Cromey, the home of Elden Selections in Burgundy, is the perfect base for your vacation of a lifetime in Burgundy — not simply because of its charm and history, but for its location amongst some of the most fascinating attractions in all of France. In this part of our series looking at the world-class sights to be seen around Domaine de Cromey, we profile the iconic town of Beaune, the historic center of Burgundy’s wine trade and a global icon for excellence in wines.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jun 6, 2023 at 1:00 PM Permalink to Places to see around Domaine de Cromey: Beaune Permalink
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May 19, 2023 | Elden Selections

Places to see around Domaine de Cromey: Château du Clos de Vougeot

Domaine de Cromey, the home of Elden Selections in Burgundy, is the perfect base for your vacation of a lifetime in Burgundy – not simply because of its charm and history, but for its location amongst some of the most fascinating attractions in all of France. In this part of our series looking at the world-class sights to be seen around Domaine de Cromey, we profile the Château du Clos de Vougeot...  Continue »

Time Posted: May 19, 2023 at 2:14 PM Permalink to Places to see around Domaine de Cromey: Château du Clos de Vougeot Permalink
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March 2, 2023 | Elden Selections

Forbes’ Magazine Cites Elden Selections in Bourgogne vs Burgundy debate

There can be few things more personal and quintessential to a place than its name. A lot hangs on it—not least legacy and future reputation—and many an argument has raged fiercely over a humble name. The same is true in the wine world, an industry where passions run high and recognisability and authenticity are paramount.  Continue »

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February 24, 2023 | Elden Selections

Maison Capitain-Gagnerot

Through life we meet many people, but perhaps the most important and memorable times are when we meet a great teacher. When they introduce us to new ideas, show us things in a different light, and teach us lessons that will stay with us forever—that’s when you know you’ve met someone special. And so it was for us, when Elden Selections first met Roger Capitain...  Continue »

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February 9, 2023 | Elden Selections

Fearless, Good and Bold – The Wine-Loving Dukes of Burgundy

Religions, wars and the nobility are intertwined with one another throughout the long and rich history of Burgundy and its wines. For many centuries, it was the religious orders of the monks in France who held the land and tended the vines around their Abbeys. Some Abbeys...  Continue »

Time Posted: Feb 9, 2023 at 3:45 PM Permalink to Fearless, Good and Bold – The Wine-Loving Dukes of Burgundy Permalink
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January 18, 2023 | Elden Selections

Maranges and Santenay

In close proximity to the splendid baronial manor house of Domaine de Cromey—the home of BurgundyWine.com and Elden Selections—lies the appellation of Maranges. This southerly Cote de Beaune appellation produces wines from three communes...  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 18, 2023 at 2:25 PM Permalink to Maranges and Santenay Permalink
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January 10, 2023 | Elden Selections

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Postponed for two years but finally being held this year, the Saint-Vincent du Chablisien festival is taking place in the village of Fleys, in the heart of the wonderful Chablis vineyards. Held over 4 / 5 February 2023, the festival’s programme includes a banquet, special tastings, cellar tours and other activities in a beautiful and historic setting.  Continue »

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December 27, 2022 | Elden Selections

Côte Chalonnaise

Boundaries exist for many reasons. They can delimit regions that are older than memory, or simply be expedient lines drawn on a map. History and geography, but also politics and favoritism, create boundaries. Wine regions are no different...  Continue »

Time Posted: Dec 27, 2022 at 11:50 AM Permalink to Côte Chalonnaise Permalink
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December 6, 2022 | Elden Selections

Mighty Neighborly

Travel is a wonderful thing. It broadens the mind, refreshes the soul—and as the saying goes, a change is as good as a rest. But it’s always great to return home to Burgundy—there’s really no place like it...  Continue »

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November 23, 2022 | Elden Selections

Chambolle-Musigny

Chambolle, one of the prettiest villages in the Côte de Nuits, takes its name rather dramatically from the French words ‘champ bouillant’ meaning ‘boiling or bubbling field’. This isn’t a reference to any unusually hot climate, but instead refers to the torrential floods which can flow down nearby hillsides after heavy rainfall. But for our purposes, we’re more concerned...  Continue »

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November 8, 2022 | Elden Selections

Fining and Filtration

The processes of fining and filtering wine are not exactly new, nor is the way they split the opinions of enthusiasts and producers alike; there has always been controversy over whether to use either (or neither) and what this really means for the wine in question.  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 8, 2022 at 11:30 AM Permalink to Fining and Filtration Permalink
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October 30, 2022 | Elden Selections

All You Need to Know About Wine Bottles

We often give a lot of thought to the color and character of the wine in a bottle, but not so much thought to the bottles themselves. Perhaps you think they’re all more or less the same? Far from being uniform across all wine types, the bottles we drink from have their own characters too, with many different designs...  Continue »

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October 21, 2022 | Elden Selections

Aloxe-Corton

The history of wine in Burgundy is almost indistinguishable from that of the royalty and nobility of this ancient land. Take the village of Aloxe-Corton, for example. First mentioned in 696, it has an almost mystical appeal...  Continue »

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October 14, 2022 | Elden Selections

The Opening Ceremony - How to Open a Bottle of Wine

Drinking wine, especially good wine, is akin to a sort of ritual. We get pleasure from selecting the bottle, slicing the foil, pulling the cork (and that satisfying pop) before we even get around to sniffing and tasting. As with most things in life, to open a bottle properly - without risking ruining the cork, the wine or both – requires the right tools for the job. Let’s take a look...  Continue »

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October 13, 2022 | Elden Selections

30 wines under $35

While it’s true that Burgundy is often associated with world-renowned and very expensive wines, there is an undiscovered world of small-production high-quality true-Burgundy wines out there, at prices that allow you to pull out a Burgundy without the worry. These are everyday drinking wines...  Continue »

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October 7, 2022 | Elden Selections

Ready for the next step in your Burgundy wine journey? Join the Club!

If you’re ready to begin your journey through the very best wines that Burgundy has to offer, all from the comfort of your own home, then you’ve come to the right place. Step inside and be welcomed as an inaugural member of Elden Selections’ Burgundy Wine Club.  Continue »

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October 6, 2022 | Elden Selections

How to choose the right wine glass

If you’re serious about your wine (and if you’re reading this then you probably are), then you’ll want to give some thought to choosing your wine glass too. Its size and shape can make an appreciable difference to the whole drinking experience, so make yourself aware of the different types, and the science behind them.  Continue »

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September 30, 2022 | Elden Selections

A Beginner’s Guide to Chardonnay

The Chardonnay grape embodies what for many people would be the ideal characteristics they look for in a partner. Take its character – it’s not demanding or needy like some grapes, and can even alter its flavor to adapt to the region it’s grown in. Is it generous? You bet – good-sized bunches just bursting with flavor. How does it get on with others? Well...  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 30, 2022 at 12:30 PM Permalink to A Beginner’s Guide to Chardonnay Permalink
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September 28, 2022 | Elden Selections

Vintage Memories – the 2013 Campaign and Wines You Can Still Try

It was a small crop that Burgundy wine makers managed to gather in 2013, the fourth in as many years. Fortunes were split, as they often are; some of the wines were destined for great things, but for many it was a disastrous year. The locals call the weather conditions in a growing season ‘the campaign’ – which tells you a lot about the almost war-like mindset with which it’s approached.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 28, 2022 at 5:35 PM Permalink to Vintage Memories – the 2013 Campaign and Wines You Can Still Try Permalink
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September 23, 2022 | Elden Selections

The wines of the ‘Bare’ Mountain of Montrachet

There is a saying in Burgundy, that ‘the habit does not make the monk.’ This won’t surprise anyone who knows the history of the wine-loving monks of Burgundy’s many abbeys. But it applies particularly in the case of one of the jewels in the crown of Burgundy wine – that of Chassagne-Montrachet, in the Côte de Beaune.  Continue »

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September 16, 2022 | Elden Selections

Your invite to the New Domaine de Cromey Tasting Room!

The wine world can teach us many things about life – the circle of our lives and the influences of those who came before us. Sometimes the symbolism is subtle, and sometimes it’s the most obvious thing in the room, as it is with the huge wine wheel in the new Domaine de Cromey tasting room.  Continue »

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September 9, 2022 | Elden Selections

Rully

The village of Rully, in the Côte Chalonnaise, has one of those long histories that you only find in Europe. A wealthy Roman by the name of Rubilius is rumored to be the source of its name, which is now synonymous not only with quality red and white wines, but also, since...  Continue »

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September 2, 2022 | Elden Selections

Pommard

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the vineyards of Pommard – which border Volnay – produce similar wines to their neighbors – fragrant, delicate and with finesse. But as we know, Burgundy loves to catch us out, and Pommard is no exception...  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 2, 2022 at 11:15 AM Permalink to Pommard Permalink
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August 26, 2022 | Elden Selections

A Cyclist’s Dream: Burgundy Biking Holidays from Domaine de Cromey

A holiday should be several things for the people who have planned and saved for it all year. First and foremost, it should be enjoyable – creating those life-long memories that are as vivid in 10 or 20 years as they are now. But it should also be refreshing to both the body and the soul. This means...  Continue »

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August 16, 2022 | Elden Selections

Morey-St-Denis

The Côte de Nuits village of Morey-St-Denis, with its emblem showing two running wolves, sits between two of the most famous names in Burgundy wine – Gevrey-Chambertin, and Chambolle-Musigny. To the south of Morey, Chambolle offers delicate wines, whilst its northerly neighbor Gevrey is known for...  Continue »

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August 8, 2022 | Elden Selections

Volnay

Volnay AOC situated in the Côte de Beaune, has a well deserved reputation for producing stunning Burgundy red wines. But, what of the name, you may wonder? It is in fact derived from...  Continue »

Time Posted: Aug 8, 2022 at 8:01 AM Permalink to Volnay Permalink
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August 1, 2022 | Elden Selections

Waste Not Want Not – Wine and the Circular Economy

These days we hear a lot about sustainability. Quite right too, as we now understand that our impact on the planet and its ecosystems needs to be minimised and some of the damage repaired. The world of wine has an advantage over many industries, in that it uses natural products and its processes have been sustainable since they first began thousands of years ago...  Continue »

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