I had all but given up on Burgundy. I just never had much luck buying Burgundy wines on my own, even at very good wine stores. Now I am kicking myself for having bought so much California Pinot Noir. They do not hold a candle to Burgundy. I have been reading a lot about the Burgundy appellations, and your characterization of the wines is so accurate. You are really good at this.
My wife and I just tried the Capitain Ladoix ‘Micaude’. We were absolutely floored by how good it is! You are absolutely right that it is a blend of elegance and finesse with powerhouse side that is hidden away. I consider it be the best value wine that I have purchased from you so far. This is one wine that is going to be a staple for me.
It would be difficult to find a couple as totally entrenched in Burgundy as Dennis and Ellie. They have spent a lifetime delivering authentic experiences to countless travelers. I can’t imagine anyone who will work harder to bring the best examples of terroir driven Burgundy to your cellar.
Dennis Sherman has an intimate insider’s knowledge of Burgundy. Based in the region for over twenty five years, he has a great understanding of everything Burgundian, from the appellations and the wines to the history and the personalities, as well as a keen appreciation of just what makes these wines so great.
We think of you often…every time we drink delicious Burgundy wines from Elden Selections!
Thanks for keeping our glasses full of good juice!
Elden Wine is a great continuing source of high quality, small production Burgundies. Each year there is something for everyone in both red and white, from village wines through to grand crus. This is a wonderful resource for the Burgundy lover.
My wife and I shared a bottle of your William Nahan Chablis last evening on our deck at sunset. You cannot beat that for a wine experience. Congratulations on the ‘fruit’ of your labor!
Great job once again. You have turned me into a big white wine fan. Your description of a good white Burgundy hits the nail on the head: pure fruit, little or no wood, good acidity and floral freshness. This will be my standard on how to judge not only good Burgundy, but all white wine.
I met Dennis and Ellie over 10 years ago while traveling with Papillon and have been buying wines from Elden ever since! In fact, it was because of Dennis and Ellie that I started my love affair with the wines of Burgundy. And what a love affair that has been! Because of this wonderful couple I have had the privilege of being introduced to and ultimately collecting and drinking some of the most rare and phenomenal burgundies… and for that I am grateful!
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 the shadow of the more famous red Burgundies to the south. But since Irancy officially earned its ‘village’ appellation in 1999, something remarkable has happened. Irancy has found its ‘terroir, and it’s an exciting expression of Pinot Noir, not some pale imitation of a big-name Cotes de Nuits.
On the Border
In wine-making geography, Irancy is on the border between still and sparkling. Champagne is the region just to the north, and it thrives on the serendipitous discovery that under-ripe acidic wines can be made to hold bubbles. The flip side is that still wines made from Pinot Noir often struggle to maturity. But as Irancy found its ‘terroir’, it also found its voice: a balance between acidity and fruit, a lovely, lacy, ethereal expression of Pinot.
Thierry Richoux learned to be a good winemaker from his father. In the past 15 years, he has become a great winemaker. He is the locomotive of the Irancy phenomenon. Thierry is from a clutch of winemakers who know that there is no good wine without good farming. So he naturally took the domain to organic production. Most importantly, Richoux is one of the few remaining domains that literally sell no wine before its time. Vintages are released according to their maturity, and not necessarily in chronological order.
Irancy today is a distinct and recognizable terroir, an outcrop of red in a sea of Chardonnay. It has distinct notes of black cherry, which, curiously, is Irancy’s second most important crop. It has an acidity that makes it one of the few red Burgundies that can follow through an entire French menu, starter, main course, and cheese.
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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, and is in reality not in Burgundy at all, Burgundians have always had a soft spot for Beaujolais.
No other region of Burgundy has seen such intense interest and investment over the past generation as the Mâconnais. An impressively beautiful region ringing the western side of the city of Mâcon above the River Saône, the Mâconnais traditionally produces inexpensive wine, often in bulk.
Boundaries exist for many reasons. They can delimit regions that are older than memory, or simply be expedient lines drawn on a map. History and geography, but also politics and favoritism, create boundaries. Wine regions are no different. As you head south out of Beaune you are forced, almost without knowing it, to choose one of two roads that flank the hills around the castle at La Rochepot. People who built such strongholds knew what they were doing. They chose strategic sites in areas of passage, frontiers. And it’s not far from here that the Côte de Beaune abruptly ends and the Côte Chalonnaise begins.
Côte de Beaune
In terms of wine and wonder, Beaune is the capital of Burgundy. An architectural gem from the late Middle Ages built on a rabbit warren of cellars, Beaune is in every sense an old-style market town, humming with the business of Burgundy. Giving its name to the surrounding Côte de Beaune, the town traditionally represented the whole of the region.
Côte de Nuits
As you drive south out of Dijon and through the suburban sprawl, you come to Marsannay. Off to the right, in the distance on the hillside, you catch a first glimpse of the vineyards of the Côte d’Or. Here begin the ‘golden slopes’, the heartland of Burgundy wine production.
Chablis and the Auxerrois
Burgundy, for the most part, is a contiguous whole. A narrow band of vines running from Dijon in the North to Macon in the south with a few gaps and bulges along the way. But Chablis and its satellite villages lay a couple hours’ drive to the northwest. Yet, while producers of Chablis may think otherwise, the rest of the world considers this an important part of Burgundy too.
How To Use This Map
Get to know the regions of Burgundy. Simply ‘click’ on a region on the map for a brief introduction and orientation. And use the ‘Shop’ button to take you to the Elden Selection producers from that region.