while we await our new website design, we are working on new ways to enhance the customer experience at Maison Ilan. There are many aspects of our model that will be changing, with a focus on efficiency. At the moment, we are in the middle of shipping out a good amount of wine, to several countries, from several vintages, to both client list members as well as importers. For those interested in knowing the latest on shipping news, please stay tuned to the Shipping News page! All shipping update requests will be directed to this page as it will have a global view of all of the latest information.
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All of the different pieces of our logistics work have now come together in this one moment that I have been eagerly waiting for. We learned quite a lot while figuring out shipping logistics and have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure we had everything ready to move forward, stronger than ever. That time is now. Pickup is starting this week for a (for us) huge collection of deliveries. If you are waiting for any wine from any vintage, Updates will trigger as each piece is shipped from our winery. We greatly appreciate your patience. We thank you for understanding that this means that we will be exceptionally busy during this period and are focusing on much anticipated deliveries and changes to service protocols.
It took a great amount of work to get to this point with small amount of lumps taken in the process but the tide has officially shifted and I couldn’t be more proud!
Thank you again to all of those that have supported us!
All the best!
A quick vid, with tongue planted firmly in cheek!
Many more updates to follow as the backend logistics come together to bring our US based clients our wines! That is all for now
2am. Going on 3am. Can’t sleep. The 2012s are now all in bottle, packaged up and ready to be sent out the door. As we are currently in transition to another US importer (Adventures in Wine, California – over 25 years in the business of importing/shipments and logistics with a sterling reputation) are labels are currently being submitted for label approval in the US. For those keeping track, this is the fourth time we will have them pass (each importer change requires new submission).
Something has to be said about Amedeo/Wineflite. I will follow up tomorrow with an update. Suffice to say for the moment that we are looking into their inventory to get to the bottom of the…discrepancies. We appreciate your patience while we handle this matter internally. Information will be shared with you all as it is made available to us.
Those in the U.S. will need to wait an additional amount of time for this process which typically takes 30 days. Everyone else will have their 2012s made available for shipping starting this Monday, March 23rd! Excellent news. But I have more news. The 2013s will be bottled shortly. We will of course bring you updates as they are made available. However, you can count on a Summer 2015 ready date!
I will have full tasting notes on these wines within the next few….kidding, kidding. I won’t ever have those. I like the wines, I’m biased, I hope you like them as well.
2014s are moving through malo. More info on these in a few months…or so. For those interested, Echezeaux is just like I imagined it would be. Two barrels. Not bad….
Thank you again for all of your support!
With harvest just around the corner, there have been a few things to put into perspective. How do you deeply reflect on your experiences with just two vintages under your belt? The reality of it all is that each vintage is different
it has been a busy couple of weeks since I last posted. In between posts, I released the offer for our 2011s to all of our existing Client List members. I’ve been able to personally speak with over 300 people by phone about our wines over the last two weeks. Its an interesting dynamic to be able to pick up a phone and to connect with someone that you may have never met, speak with them about wine and to form from that point a connection of sorts.
The response so far has been beyond anything I could have expected. People have been supportive of us since day one. And, I think that this has been essential. When I was setting up an empty one car garage with my first couple of fermentation tanks, I could see how I could fit a few more tanks if I allowed them to nearly touch. I could see that I would have enough room to walk in between the tanks with a full fruit case in my arms, that the ceiling was high enough to allow me to stand atop a mass of grapes, raise my arms to the point where I was pressing off of the ceiling, pressing my legs deep into the grapes below me. What I couldn’t have imagined was that so many people would be behind me while I am going through each step of this journey.
It puts things into perspective. And, while I have been well driven at nearly every moment over the past 40 months, there is something that must be said about the feeling I get when someone tastes the wines and enjoys them or when someone sends an encouraging message. Its a great feeling and one that I cannot altogether describe.
All of this is to say that while business has been exceptional, it means a great deal more to be able to hear the voices and to see the faces of those that will one day enjoy our wines. There really is something tangible that is added to my day each time it occurs.
I’m back off to bed. I felt restless, feeling the need to share this with everyone.
Thank you again