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Posted by admin | 20 April 2020

Looking behind a product’s branding and marketing is what an increasing number of us are doing, it seems. In this era of ‘fake news’, we don’t just want to take a company’s word for a product and what it’s made from – we want details.  This is a trend which we’ve seen in the wine...

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Posted by admin | 13 April 2020

Until Beaujolais Nouveau arrived, it was much easier for Burgundy to consider Beaujolais as one of its own.  Despite the fact that it has a completely different soil make-up, uses a totally different grape variety (Gamay), and is in reality not in Burgundy at all, Burgundians have always had a soft spot for Beaujolais. And we...

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Posted by admin | 06 April 2020

Ever since Robert Parker railed against overly filtered wine in his 1999 Wine Buyer’s Guide, we’ve seen ‘unfiltered’ become another of the supposed gauges of quality in boutique wine production.  While Parker was right to rail, the reaction to his criticism was predictable.  Why is the world so reactionary? Why do consumers now think that...

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Posted by admin | 30 March 2020

Chablis has been, from the earliest days of Elden Selections, by far our most popular white Burgundy. It’s also the region that most easily lends itself to our didactic approach to wine drinking!  Elden has a lot of friends in Chablis, and we represent a number of them here. And because of that, we present...

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Posted by admin | 23 March 2020

The village of Aloxe-Corton (pronounced “Alosse”) was mentioned as far back as 696 and is the natural geological  link between the regions of Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. It is dominated by the great Corton Hill. The AOCs of Ladoix-Serrigny and Pernand-Vergelesses share the hill alongside Aloxe-Corton, with some overlap in classification.  This...

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Chardonnay Grapes
Posted by admin | 24 February 2020

It is hard to argue that the chardonnay grape did not originate in Burgundy.  There has been a village of the same name in the north of the Maconnais since Roman times.  But whether it did or not, one thing is certain.  Burgundy is its natural home. The grape itself is fairly neutral, not very...

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Posted by admin | 23 January 2020

Gougères are the nibble in Burgundy. That and a kir (dry white wine with a dash of crème de cassis), and you know you’re in Burgundy.  Gougeres are cheese puffs made with pate a choux, one of those mother recipes of French pastry.  They should be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside....

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Posted by admin | 27 December 2019

Irancy, in the Grand Auxerrois district of the department of Yonne, stands on the right bank of the Yonne some fifteen kilometers south of Auxerre and south-west of Chablis. It is typical of the wine-growing villages of the district, though one of the few to specialize in red wine only.. It was raised to the...

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