We had a party last night for about 20 including all of the participants in our upcoming Octobertrip to Burgundy with you and Ellie. We enjoyed quite a few bottles of your wine and it helped make our party a success. We are enjoying drinking Burgundy every day, and appreciate your guidance.
All I can say is that you have achieved what I would love to….living in Burgundy, getting first-hand information on vintages and small producers, and all the while bringing quality into the glass of a Burgundy lover. Thank you, Dennis!!!
I was in Burgundy in the summer of 1996 and I heard of a young man who wanted to export small-production burgundy. I signed on as customer #5 in 1997. I have never been disappointed in Dennis Sherman in any way. It is always a delight to do business with Elden Selections.
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.
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.
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!
We have been buying from Elden Selections for many years, and it has always been a pleasure to do so. Dennis Sherman’s offerings are from small producers, often from lesser-known appellations. The quality-price ratio is always high, and the wines represent good value. Elden Selections are knowledgeable. You can deal with them with confidence.
We think of you often…every time we drink delicious Burgundy wines from Elden Selections!
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.
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.
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.