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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 »

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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 »

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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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July 22, 2022 | Elden Selections

Chilling Wine

Chilling wine The wine enthusiast is constantly learning, (whether they know it or not!) – that’s part of the fun of the hobby. Maybe you didn’t know that red wines can be paired with fish dishes or perhaps you’ve not yet tried chilling a red wine just as you would do a white? As seasons change...  Continue »

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July 14, 2022 | Elden Selections

Why choose Burgundy, part 4 – The History

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...  Continue »

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June 30, 2022 | Elden Selections

On the Up: Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Realises Its Potential

Whilst most wine drinkers have heard of (and sampled) the wines of the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy, fewer have heard of the vineyards in the appellation found to its West, just behind the Côte de Nuits. Here you’ll find the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, covering 29 villages which are home to...  Continue »

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June 24, 2022 | Elden Selections

Looking Back on 2018’s Astonishing Harvest

2018 marked an impressive milestone for winemaker Michel Arcelain. Astonishingly it was his 68th Burgundy grape harvest, and he was all smiles. He told us that in all the years he’d been harvesting here, he’d never known a year like 2018. Quite a statement!  Continue »

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June 14, 2022 | Elden Selections

Elden Selections Hidden Gem Makes New York Times Headline

Big news about a small producer landed recently in the New York Times – and it’s one of Elden Selections winemakers. If you’re a reader you may have seen an article about a certain Bénigne Joliet, expert proprietor of the Clos de la Perrière. He is one of Elden’s producers...  Continue »

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June 10, 2022 | Elden Selections

Vougeot

From little rivers, great oceans may flow. So it is with Vougeot, a small village in the Côte de Nuits, named after the little river Vouge. Though the smallest commune in the wider Côte d’Or region, it is also the largest Grand Cru clos (meaning ‘plot’ or ‘vineyard’). Most of the wine from Vougeot comes from this single vineyard – the outstanding Clos de Vougeot...  Continue »

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June 2, 2022 | Elden Selections

Bourgogne vs Burgundy

What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to wine from the region the English-speaking world calls Burgundy, that depends on where you are. If you’re French, for example, you’d be using the name Bourgogne for the same region, rather than the translation ‘Burgundy’. If you were Italian, the name you’d use would be ‘Borgogna’, whilst...  Continue »

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May 27, 2022 | Elden Selections

Côte de Beaune

In Burgundy, the name of the wine grower counts for as much as the vineyard, which is why they have a saying here – ‘there are no great wines, only great bottles of wine.’ This is true for the whole region, but especially so in the very heart of Bourgogne – the Côte d’Or (comprised of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits).  Continue »

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May 20, 2022 | Elden Selections

The Perfect Burgundy Wine Glass

In August we posted a blog about how to choose the right wine glass. As we reflected on that blog post we came to see it as an educational piece covering wine glasses across the spectrum, illustrating many types of wine glasses for all different types of wines and wine varietals. Not really burgundy specific. So we sat down again with the team at Elden to re-examine this issue from a Burgundy perspective...  Continue »

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May 14, 2022 | Elden Selections

The Côte de Nuits – great wines, in a nutshell…

The Côte de Nuits is known for world-class Pinot Noir wines – it’s a cornucopia of superb reds (and a very few great whites), a jewel in the Burgundian crown, and many other superlatives – but in case you are practicing your French, it’s got nothing to do with the night-time. In fact, there is some debate as to...  Continue »

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May 5, 2022 | Elden Selections

Bouzeron

Finding truly great wines in Burgundy might be described as being a little like panning for gold. You know the nuggets of brilliance are out there, you just need to know where to look. But when it comes to the wines of the small village of Bouzeron in the Côte Chalonnaise, you find you are quite literally looking for gold...  Continue »

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April 27, 2022 | Elden Selections

On the ‘Lesser Appellation’ trail – the road to hidden Burgundy gems

If you want to become a famous winemaker, then one sure-fire way of doing it is to make famous wine. We’re not saying that everyone producing Chambertin should be famous, or makes great wine – as with all natural products, the quality varies. But if you’re making a famous appellation and doing it well, then customers will come to you and reward you sooner or later. That’s fine for big names – but what about smaller, ‘lesser’ appellations...  Continue »

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April 21, 2022 | Elden Selections

The Oudin Sisters

For the Oudins, wine production really is a family affair. The Domaine Oudin, in the commune of Chicheé, was founded in the late 1980s when Jean-Claude and wife Christine decided to say farewell to the stresses of their Parisian life and raise their two daughters on a vineyard they had inherited in the countryside. For fans of quality Chablis it was an excellent decision.  Continue »

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April 13, 2022 | Elden Selections

Why Choose Burgundy, part 3 - The Terroir

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...  Continue »

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April 3, 2022 | Elden Selections

Aubert de Villaine leaves his role in Domaine Romanée-Conti

All good things must come to an end. Some good things, however, endure longer than others, including some people. The result is that they become a physical and also a spiritual part of the land on which they live, and part of the folklore of the place. If they’re very lucky, they’ll transcend borders and pass into legend...  Continue »

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March 31, 2022 | Elden Selections

Coming Home to Cromey

There’s something very special about experiencing great food and wine in the very place it was produced. Nowadays, modern logistics can do great things and get you wine and food from almost anywhere, wherever you live. But there’s a certain je ne sais pas about going to the actual (and spiritual) home of great food and wine—Burgundy—and smelling the freshness with your own senses, feeling the zing on your palate. Experiences matter, and the best linger on in the imagination years after they ended...  Continue »

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March 23, 2022 | Elden Selections

Wine Labels

Wine affects us on many levels, often very subtly. It makes us feel things both in terms of what we see when we buy it, and what we experience when drinking it. But it isn’t just the wine itself that speaks to our emotions; the label—probably the first thing we notice on a bottle—taps into our subconscious too...  Continue »

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March 15, 2022 | Elden Selections

How to Get the Most Out of Your Burgundy Wine Tasting

It’s easy to get carried away when we talk about how to taste wine. Burgundy wines can give us the most intense pleasures which may be hard to put into words—but still we try. Just remember that it isn’t strictly necessary to use any of these words/phrases to enjoy wine. The experience is no less important or...  Continue »

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March 7, 2022 | Elden Selections

The Wine Women of Burgundy

In the world of wine, some things count above all else: knowledge, passion, skill and respect for nature. Other things, like gender, matter much less today, thankfully, than they did in the years gone by. Without a doubt, though, women vintners have often had to work twice as hard as their male counterparts despite being equally adept at making good wine. But once recognized, they become more revered for their wines than many male producers.  Continue »

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March 2, 2022 | Elden Selections

Why Choose Burgundy, part 2 – The People

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 second part of our series, we look at some of the memorable and unique characters we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over our years in Burgundy.  Continue »

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February 24, 2022 | Elden Selections

The Wine Curator - Beyond Negociants

Over centuries of great winemaking in the Burgundy region, several different routes to market have developed. Each brings its own advantages and challenges. The role of the negociant, for example, is one of the oldest and best-known models in Burgundy – a merchant buys grapes from smaller vineyards, blends them and sells the resulting bottles. The prevailing model until the 1980s was to buy wine from negociants, but this began to lose ground in favor of the producers themselves bottling their own wine, under their own domain name. Now there was a bigger selection of names and styles – customers could really get to know the land plot by plot, according to who grew where. More enticing, this individualistic route to market, than the large, mass market negociants.  Continue »

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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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