How We Do It
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.
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 really appreciate how much you have helped me build my collection. I look forward to continuing my Burgundy journey with you. I have learned so much about the region and its wines because of you. I am so glad that I decided to give these wines another try after years of frustration. You made it possible and I am deeply grateful.
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.
We think of you often…every time we drink delicious Burgundy wines from Elden Selections!
Thanks for keeping our glasses full of good juice!
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.
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!
Dennis’s connections with the small vintners and his local knowledge have allowed us to source fantastic Burgundy that is not always otherwise available in the US. His wine notes and blog keep us informed of his tastings and how the winemakers are handling current conditions. Elden has become our personal taster, contact and buyer in Burgundy!
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.
Start with ripe, healthy grapes. Keep your winery clean. Follow a few basic procedures. Keep your eyes open. Be patient.
What they won’t tell you is that while it might not be complicated, it’s by no means easy. Every step along the way – in the vineyard, in the winery, in the cellar — is crucial. Good wine requires attention to detail. Great winemakers are perfectionists.
So we have always been flattered when winemakers of the caliber you will find here in Elden Selections let us present their wines. It’s no exaggeration to say that, for many of them, their tiny production is like a child that they have reared and nourished and sent out into the world, never to return.
Naturally we feel a huge sense of responsibility. A responsibility to put these wines into the hands of people like you who will understand them and appreciate their rarity. In this age of mass production, Burgundy remains a bastion of excellence. And Elden Selections is here to defend that.
We do so by imitating the producers themselves. Keep it simple. Pay attention to details. We like to think that the same care that went into producing these wines continues when they become Elden Selections.
And a lot goes in to becoming an Elden Selection. We follow the harvest. We taste the wine in the cellar before bottling, then again after bottling when it has had a chance to calm down. We then take it home and taste again in private. If then we decide that it has potential, we buy some for our cellar and serve it to our friends. That’s when it un-officially becomes an Elden Selection.
And from that point on, from the moment it leaves the producer’s cellar here in Burgundy until it arrives at your door, no expense is spared to assure that our winemaker friends approve of how we treat their precious irreplaceable wine.
It all comes down to respect. Respect for the people. Respect for the work. Respect for Burgundy and its traditions. For the wine. For you.