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November 23, 2021 | Elden Selections

Chardonnay

Writing an article about Chardonnay is a little like writing about baseball or golf. It’s been written about almost exhaustively – it’s globally well known, beloved by millions, and few have anything new to say about it that hasn’t already been said. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a topic worth writing about.  Continue »

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November 9, 2021 | Elden Selections

Low Yield Wines

When thinking of harvests, it’s often easy to associate large yields with good years, and therefore great wines. But it doesn’t really work like that. Indeed, many believe that the best producers tend to have smaller yields, and there are many fine examples of this in Burgundy. As with everything to do with Burgundy wine, there are no hard and fast rules—you have to know and trust the winemaker, and appreciate that a wine is a multifaceted wonder, the product of many different factors. So what do we mean by ‘low yield’, and why might it be low? And what characteristics can a low yield give a wine?  Continue »

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November 2, 2021 | Elden Selections

Why Choose Burgundy? Part 1 - the Grapes

Why choose Burgundy? It’s a simple question. With so many wines on offer from all around the world, it’s a question some may find themselves asking. The answer—or rather, answers—will take us on a journey of discovery from the Kings, Dukes and thirsty monks of the Burgundian past to the colorful characters of the present day, via rolling hillsides and mysteries of the terroir. In this, the first part of our series, we look at the grapes used to make Burgundy wine; how they differ from other grapes, why they’re so special and how they came to dominate.  Continue »

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October 26, 2021 | Elden Selections

The Wisdom of Old Vines

With great age comes character, wisdom, maybe the odd creak and groan. Age brings many things to old vines, too. But what do we mean by ‘old’? Well, the oldest living grape vine in the world is, according to the Guinness Book of Records, to be found in Slovenia, at over 400 years old. That may be an extreme case. But when we talk about vines in general, ‘adulthood’ comes around 7/8 years after planting. ‘Maturity’ happens from 12-25 years, roughly speaking. And vines aren’t usually considered ‘old’ until they’ve got at least a quarter of a century of age (25-50 years or more).  Continue »

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October 19, 2021 | Elden Selections

Harvest 2021 – reaping mixed rewards from a difficult year

The winds of change are blowing once more through Burgundy’s rolling countryside. At this time of year—summed up by the poet John Keats as being one of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’—thoughts turn from the bright colors and heat of summer to the more subdued hues of Fall and a return indoors. Here, by roaring fireside we contemplate the year just gone, and begin to look to the one ahead. Change is the only constant in nature, and for the winemakers of this region it means harvesting those precious grapes that they have worked so hard to protect, over what has been one of the toughest years ever for Burgundy producers.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 19, 2021 at 11:31 AM Permalink to Harvest 2021 – reaping mixed rewards from a difficult year Permalink
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October 12, 2021 | Elden Selections

On Terroir Firma – the Secret of Successful Soil

There are many things that go into making a great wine. Many oenophiles can argue well into the night about the relative merits of each, but it usually comes down to the same factors; the climate and conditions the year the grapes were harvested (otherwise known as the vintage); the type of grapes grown; the wine producer and their skill and techniques; and the elevation and soil type the grapes were grown in. It’s this last one that we’re interested in here – the soils and rock in the ground where the vines are planted, also known as terroir.  Continue »

Time Posted: Oct 12, 2021 at 1:57 PM Permalink to On Terroir Firma – the Secret of Successful Soil Permalink
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September 28, 2021 | Elden Selections

Seeing Into the Futures – Buying Wine En Primeur

In Burgundy, it’s true to say that charity begins at Beaune. The well-known charity auction at the former hospital – the Hospices de Beaune – rightly attracts a lot of interest, combining its philanthropic efforts with an impressive wine estate. In the current climate, these activities have probably never been more important.  Continue »

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September 3, 2021 | Elden Selections

How to Grow Plump Wine Grapes for a Deep and Complex Homemade Wine

Although wine can be made from any type of grape, wine grapes are in a class of their own if you’re looking to produce a rich and complex wine. They’re smaller, full of seeds, and have thicker skins, and while they may not be as tasty as table grapes when eaten fresh, they also have a higher sugar and juice content, making them ideal for turning into wine.  Continue »

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August 12, 2021 | Elden Selections

BURGUNDY WINE CLUB

The new Burgundy Wine Club, run by the team at Elden Selections, has a simple mission – but one that has a particular resonance in the current climate. Their aim is to have fun with family and friends in the world of wine – and they will deliver on this promise with an innovative and rewarding journey that’s promised to all members.  Continue »

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August 2, 2021 | Elden Selections

PAIRING RED WINE AND FISH

There’s a lot to think about when pairing food and red wine – especially when you’re cooking fish. Yes, you read that right – red wine with fish. It’s true that the received wisdom still often says only white wine should be served with fish. But in fact, there are many great red wines which can be drunk with fish – a whole other world of taste sensations that you may not have considered yet. Fish can have delicate, nuanced flavors and can risk being overpowered, so some care is needed. Read on for some helpful tips and examples of red wine and fish pairings!  Continue »

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July 28, 2021 | Elden Selections

SAINT ROMAIN

While technically part of the Cote de Beaune, the village appellation of Saint-Romain is in a completely isolated valley situated to the north of the primary escarpment of the Cote d’Or. Its higher altitude and less “perfect” situation relegated it to a lower rung on the hierarchy historically, because it is more difficult for grapes in such a position to achieve optimal ripeness. However, given the ever-escalating temperatures in Burgundy over the past decade, Saint-Romain rarely suffers from ripeness issues anymore—and in fact, it can offer freshness and vibrancy in warmer vintages.  Continue »

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July 23, 2021 | Elden Selections

ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC OR NATURAL?

The wine world is never short of descriptive terms, all trying to convey the inexpressible pleasure that the fruits of the vine can offer. We all have our own ways of describing our favorite tipples. You can get technical, too, when talking about how the wines were made in the first place. Here, we stumble upon something of a minefield (or should that be vine-field?) of terminology. Take the following commonly used terms: organic, biodynamic, and natural. What do they really mean, and what sort of wines do they produce? Let’s explore each one, and meet some of their proponents in Burgundy.  Continue »

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July 16, 2021 | Elden Selections

The wine capital of the world? All roads lead to Burgundy...

"Does Macron like Bordeaux?" At first it may seem like an interesting enough question, and if you asked him, he’d probably say he enjoyed French wine of all kinds (at least if he knew what was good for him). It was a question asked recently by the French media, on hearing that the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) is looking for a new home for its headquarters. Rumors sprang up that President Emmanuel Macron had allegedly backed Burgundy as the best place for its new home.  Continue »

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July 7, 2021 | Elden Selections

Anything But Chardonnay...

The renown of the Chardonnay grape has now truly spread right around the world, but it has often been the subject of a love-hate relationship. It seems to come in cycles – when people fall out of love with the Chardonnay grape they may gravitate towards other grapes like Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier or Riesling. When they’ve had their fill of those, there’s a resurgence of Chardonnay.  Continue »

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June 30, 2021 | Elden Selections

OAK & BARRELS

Anyone who has ever wandered into a wine cellar for a barrel tasting remembers the charm. The dim light, the glass pipette, the swirling and spitting, and the privilege of witnessing something magical in the making.  Continue »

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June 29, 2021 | Elden Selections

ELLIE’S COOKBOOK – FISH DISHES AND WHAT TO DRINK WITH THEM

It’s often said that if Paris is France’s head, and Champagne her soul, then Burgundy is her stomach. With such an array of fine foods and wines to savor, you may feel a little overwhelmed, perhaps wondering where to begin. Luckily, there are some excellent recipes to get to know from the region, many of which are contained within Ellie’s cookbook and often made at the Domaine de Cromey. Whether it’s meat, seafood, vegetarian or sweet dishes that make your mouth water, there is inspiration to be found on its pages for almost any appetite.  Continue »

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June 16, 2021 | Elden Selections

Irancy— An Undiscovered Gem in Burgundy

On slopes above the Yonne river valley 15 km from Chablis, a handful of winemakers are growing Pinot Noir at the northernmost limit of its possibility. While Chablis, of course, is famous and white, Irancy has always been red and has always lived in...  Continue »

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June 14, 2021 | Elden Selections

CRÉMANT VS PROSECCO

When the weather is warm and you have something to celebrate, we naturally look for sparkling wines. This year looks certain to be no exception. And there’s no shortage of choice; Prosecco continues to be hugely popular, as does Champagne. But so too does the third option here – Crémant de Bourgogne, which competes superbly on both quality and price. So what is Crémant, exactly? How does it differ from Prosecco, and why is it such a popular drink?  Continue »

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June 9, 2021 | Elden Selections

DOMAINE JEAN FERY

We first came across the Domaine Jean Fery some years ago when we met up with Pascal Marchand. He’d recently been liberated from the world of corporate winemaking, and was setting up his own negociant house in Nuits-St-George at the time. It was great to catch up; driving in his car, we left Nuits St George along the Hautes Cotes ridge road. As we arrived in a place called Echevronne, nestling between Beaune and Nuits-St-Georges, we could see vineyard workers getting a horse down from its trailer. This, Pascal told me, was the Domaine Jean Fery.  Continue »

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June 1, 2021 | Elden Selections

Burgundy Wine and Burgundy Cheese

Food and Wine Pairings in a Microcosm One of the best things about living in a traditional food and wine culture is that you don’t necessarily have to be traditional. Living in Burgundy, we enjoy a culinary tradition that runs deep. The cuisine is world-renowned and the wines a...  Continue »

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May 26, 2021 | Elden Selections

HOW LONG SHOULD YOU KEEP A CHABLIS?

We got a great question from a customer asking how long we recommended you keep a Chablis... What is your recommendation for the latest date a Chablis should be drunk, i.e., 4 years, 6 years, 8 years?...  Continue »

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May 20, 2021 | Elden Selections

VILLAGES OF THE CÔTE DE BEAUNE – POMMARD

Beaune – the eponymous heart of both the Côte de Beaune and the wider Burgundy region – has always represented everything good about the wines and wonders of this hallowed ground. Lately, however, the reputation of other villages has grown, just as the popularity and cache of Burgundy has spread all around the world. In fact, it’s usually the vineyards of these villages that become famous now, more than the places themselves. True wine lovers understand that it’s the soil in these plots of land – the famous terroir – that really define Burgundy and the wines it produces.  Continue »

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May 4, 2021 | Elden Selections

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION ; DOMAINE FÉLIX SAINT BRIS

In simple layperson’s terms MLF in wine in the transformation of the ‘tart’ malic acid bacteria (similar to that in a green apple) into ‘softer’ lactic acid bacteria.  Continue »

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April 29, 2021 | Elden Selections

VOSNE-ROMANÉE

‘The jewel in Burgundy’s crown.’ ‘The central pearl of her necklace’. These, and many other superlatives, have long been attributed to one of Burgundy’s brightest stars – the commune of Vosne-Romanée. Known for its world-class red wines (about 90% of all the wines grown here are from Pinot Noir grapes) it has been a hub of wine production for more than a millennium. As is often the case, its roots can be traced back to the monks of a nearby monastery – in this case, Saint Vivant. These wily men of God were amongst the first to realise the potential (and value) of the land they lived on. One of these plots of land would become very valuable indeed – a Prince named Conti gave his name to it, and Romanée-Conti has been astounding wine drinkers ever since.  Continue »

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April 19, 2021 | Elden Selections

HOW TO STORE WINE

Good wine, like many things in life, gets better with age. Wine is also an investment – of time, money, and love, which should be protected, and stored properly. Plus, storing wine is really part and parcel of the hobby of wine – of course, we drink some wines straight away, but there’s a real joy in discovering which wines benefit the most from some cellar time, and exactly what subtle changes we can pick up. So for all these reasons, it’s handy to know the basics of wine storage.  Continue »

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April 12, 2021 | Elden Selections

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO CHABLIS

There are many reasons to search out true Chablis. Perhaps you love Chardonnay? Chablis is a unique expression of the grape, and will teach you something new about it. Perhaps you dislike Chardonnay? Then Chablis could well change your mind about, and prove that not all Chardonnays are the same. Perhaps you’re looking for a sure-fire accompaniment to many seafood dishes? Then look no further. Maybe you dislike oak in wines? For sure, there are many over-oaked Chardonnays in the world, however oak is rarely used in Chablis. Or maybe you live in a land-locked part of the world, but want to feel like you’re on the beach on a breezy coast? Chablis could be the solution – its lean, saline flavors can transport you there.  Continue »

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March 19, 2021 | Elden Selections

HOW LONG SHOULD YOU KEEP A CHABLIS?

We often get great questions from our customers and fellow wine enthusiasts. One memorable question was how long we recommended you keep a Chablis for… What is your recommendation for the latest date a Chablis should be drunk, i.e. 4 years, 6 years, 8 years?  Continue »

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March 10, 2021 | Elden Selections

STEPHANIE SAUMAIZE AND THE CHATEAU DE VERGISSON

Pouilly-Fuissé wines – opulent, noble whites from the Mâconnais region – are sold under an appellation of the same name. The name is taken from two distinct villages in the area of production – Pouilly and Fuissé. Wines of nearby Vergisson and Chaintre are also sold under the same appellation. But look a bit deeper into the name Vergisson and you will find a further pairing of great names – those of Stephanie Saumaize and Pierre Laroche, who together set up the Domaine du Chateaux de Vergisson, in 2012.  Continue »

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March 1, 2021 | Elden Selections

MONTHÉLIE

For many in Burgundy – and in the world beyond its borders – wine is something akin to a religion. Its mysteries are celebrated and revered; it requires faith (in the weather and the vintner); and it brings solace and joy to millions. No surprise, therefore, that the Burgundian writer Pierre Poupin described the lovely village of Monthélie in religious terms – ‘prettily nestled into the curve of the hillside like the head of St John against the shoulder of Jesus’.  Continue »

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February 22, 2021 | Elden Selections

SAVIGNY- LÈS -BEAUNE

“Theological, nourishing and death-defying”. The local motto of the large village of Savigny- lès -Beaune certainly makes some bold claims about the wines that are produced here. Many would swear to all three, however, after tasting these wines, which are amongst the finest in Burgundy and surely one of its best-kept secrets.  Continue »

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