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Posted by admin | 20 July 2020

Now, perhaps more than ever, there are pressing demands on our wallets and purses. As they’re largely linked to global socio-economic trends and events, there’s not a lot we can do about them. But where does that tightening of the purse strings leave our relationship with wine? That perennial question, often heard at dinner parties,...

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Posted by admin | 09 July 2020

The monk known as Bertin must have liked his wine – and he must have had a great vineyard to grow it, for it is after this ‘field’ that the wine we now know as Gevrey-Chambertin is named – the field of Bertin, (or Champ de Bertin). The village of Gevrey – located in the...

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Posted by admin | 01 July 2020

The Côte de Nuits is known for world-class Pinot Noir wines – it’s a cornucopia of superb reds (and a few very 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...

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Posted by admin | 19 June 2020

You may be forgiven for a quick eye-roll when you hear some of the scientific jargon used to describe (and sell) food and drink nowadays. Some of the claims can seem doubtful or contrived, or like a statement of the obvious. How do the terms organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly differ? Where does biodynamic wine come...

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St Bris
Posted by admin | 08 June 2020

For every rule there’s an exception. Whether it’s “i before e except after c” or Oscar Wilde’s being able to ‘resist everything but temptation”, you’ll find interest and variety wherever there is an exception to a rule. In the world of Burgundy wine, one of the great exceptions is found in the village of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux...

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Posted by admin | 20 May 2020

The turn of the new millennium was a special time for many reasons, but in particular it marked an important event in the Couchois region, just to the south of Maranges in Burgundy. For here it was that a new Appellation was born – the Bourgogne Côte du Couchois.  Viticulture in the land surrounding the...

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Posted by admin | 10 May 2020

Saint Romain stands at the foot of an impressive rock outcrop, with a magnificent view out over the Saone River valley and across the vineyards below. Because of this commanding position, there have been settlements on this spot since early pre-historic times. And so, some of the earliest plantations of vines in Burgundy were in...

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Posted by admin | 04 May 2020

At the southern tip of the Côte de Beaune lies the somewhat lesser-known appellation of Maranges. It’s a neighbor of Domaine de Cromey, the home of Elden Selections and illustrates nicely how much things have moved on in this area over the last thirty years or so. When we first arrived in Burgundy, nearby Santenay...

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