How We Do It
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.