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vintage 2014 in a cellar
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 10 July 2018

In 2014, 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 started to take hold, because, finally, after four small harvests, there was a good crop on the vines....

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2013 burgundy wine bottle in a cellar
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 03 July 2018

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...

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Bottle of Chablis 2015 on a barrel
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 14 June 2018

We have resisted writing the Elden Selections Burgundy 2015 harvest report until now, mainly to let the hub-bub and hyperbole settle down, but more importantly to be sure that the claims we are about to make are justified. (more…)

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barrel room
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 07 June 2018

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 and we’re as excited today as we were at the event. (more…)

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harvest
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 30 May 2018

At this time in 2012, the mood was dour here in Burgundy. 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. (more…)

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wine bottles in a cellar
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 24 May 2018

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. (more…)

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vineyard view
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 22 May 2018

We had a white wine from Viserny last week. Viserny is just down the road from where we live. And you would never guess but it’s the most important wine village in the area. (more…)

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wine barrel
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 16 May 2018

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. (more…)

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