Ray Walker

Ray Walker is originally from Northern California. After working in Sonoma County for 2008's harvest, he set out to France to pursue his dream of producing Burgundy. With no formal training, he is happy to rely on observation, intuition and luck. Being a natural history geek, he collects and reads old books written in French, focused on Burgundy to intimate himself with the region, culture and history of this beautiful region. Together with his wife, Christian (who also helps with Maison Ilan) and daughter, Isabella Ilan (the winery was named after her) they have lived in Nuits-Saint-Georges throughout the year since 2010. Their winery, Maison Ilan is a micro-négoce, buying 100% in grapes, with multiple fruit sources dedicated entirely to Premiers and Grands Crus reds.

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Wine Berserkers Weekly Burgundy Appellation Tasting Series

Wine Berserkers Weekly Burgundy Appellation Tasting Series

| April 12, 2012

Hello everyone and welcome to Week Two of the Wine Berserkers Weekly Burgundy Appellation Tasting Series. This week, we are in Gevrey-Chambertin (and including any wines from vines planted in Brochon as is allowed). This week, there are many videos to add and tons of photos. Clos de Bèze by maisonilan Hello everyone and welcome to […]

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A brief harvest reflection in Burgundy

A brief harvest reflection in Burgundy

| October 5, 2011

Just finished placing everything into barrel including Le Chambertin, the vineyard that closes out each harvest for us. It is always a time of having mixed feelings for me personally. You go from looking at the bare vines to getting excited about the developing grapes, and veraison strikes. The maturity of the grapes increases and […]

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Sur La Viticulture du Centre Nord de la France, Dr Jules Guyot (1866)

Sur La Viticulture du Centre Nord de la France, Dr Jules Guyot (1866)

| August 8, 2011

Looking between these time-worn covers awaits an important book written in 1866 by one Doctor Jules Guyot. The same Dr Jules Guyot that has a pear which bears his name. Though he did more than what was asked of him in his day job as a physician and agronomist. He would study, detail and alter the […]

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2011 Burgundy: Moving towards véraison

2011 Burgundy: Moving towards véraison

| July 20, 2011

  This time of year in Burgundy is really a bit of a transition of sorts. You can get the feeling of this shift even when speaking with people in the markets, the mechanics, and even business types in Dijon. All eyes begin to focus on the harvest, the subtle changes in weather, and generally […]

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2011 Burgundy Growing Season + Update

2011 Burgundy Growing Season + Update

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

  2011 has been an amazing growing season! No, I wouldn’t say it is amazing in the sense that everything has gone to some sort of plan. Rather, it forces one to watch in awe, in amazement of just how varied the weather can be here in Burgundy. We closed out October with quick and […]

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Another addition in 2011: Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Feusselottes”

Another addition in 2011: Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Feusselottes”

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello again everyone! It is with great pleasure that I share this news with everyone. Just this past week, we entered into contract on fruit from Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Feusselottes”!! This is too exciting to place into words, really. As with Volnay and Vosne-Romanée, Chambolle-Musigny was one of the three villages I was really […]

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Volnay 1er Cru “Robardelle” starting in 2011

Volnay 1er Cru “Robardelle” starting in 2011

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello everyone! Just in from the Côte de Beaune with some exciting news. Starting in 2011, we will be sourcing fruit from Volnay 1er Cru “Robardelle”! This cru is not too well known as of late, though it is situated quite well and has an an impressive history indeed. The vines of Robardelle are situated […]

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Jules Lavalle – Histoire et Statistique de la Vignes et Des Grands Vins de la Côte d’Or (1855)

Jules Lavalle – Histoire et Statistique de la Vignes et Des Grands Vins de la Côte d’Or (1855)

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

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Camille Rodier ‘Le Vin de Bourgogne’ (1920)

Camille Rodier ‘Le Vin de Bourgogne’ (1920)

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

In 1920, Camille Rodier penned his ouvrage on the wine, culture and vineyards of la Côte d’Or. He would go on to write several other books including a celebrated work on the Clos de Vougeot and co-founded the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. In this book, he combined the works of Morelot (1831) Lavalle (1855) […]

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