NEW PAGE!! Shipping News – for all of the latest on shipping as it happens


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.

As mentioned on the page, if there is a change of address to register, please send an email to us directly with “SHIPPING” as your subject. Otherwise, all shipping information will be updated here as progress is made. It is important for us to provide news as it happens, and not before. We feel this will provide everyone with a clear and accurate view of what has shipped. Along with this, we will contact those that are to receive shipments to confirm shipping information.


Thank you for visiting!

Ray Walker

Happy to get the 13s labelled and ready to ship?


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!

Ray Walker

2014? What 2014?

Oh…that 2014. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Suffice to say, largest production we have had to date, excellent quality (check back in after 20 years or so) and, well, we’re damned proud of them. Here are a few photos:

Maison Ilan: Fruit, not wine...cough

Maison Ilan: Fruit, not wine…cough

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Morey Saint Denis Chaffots 1er Cru

Morey Saint Denis Chaffots 1er Cru

Richard and Demitrius lifting destemmed fruit into tanks

Richard and Demitri lifting de-stemmed fruit into tanks


Cluster at Echezeaux

Cluster at Echezeaux

view at Echezeaux "En Orveaux" - 2 barrels here

view at Echezeaux “En Orveaux” – 2 barrels here

Picking at Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

Picking at Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

Passing cases atMorey Saint Denis Les Monts Luisants 1er Cru

Passing cases at Morey Saint Denis Les Monts Luisants 1er Cru


My brother Richard lifting cases

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22 cases of Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes is all we had - one barrel

22 cases of Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes is all we had – one barrel

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Found in the vineyard at Chambolle-Musingy 1er Cru Les Feusselottes

Found in the vineyard at Chambolle-Musingy 1er Cru Les Feusselottes

Doesn't mean much at all but I love looking at the color

Doesn’t mean much at all but I love looking at the color

Wait, what is that? Ludo?

Wait, what is that? Ludo?

An update on shipments

Hello everyone,

I want to update you regarding US delivery of Maison Ilan wines, past and future.
All Maison Ilan 2014’s are in barrel in our NSG facility and are progressing nicely. All of our 2013’s are still in barrel at the Abbey de la Bussiere ( ) . I will update you again after we bottle them, but for now I can tell you that they are already delicious!
All of our 2012’s are bottled, all of which are on pallets, wrapped, and ready to ship. We have contracted with Adventures in Wine  ( ) to handle the US import and distribution. The next step in the process before importation is label approval by US regulatory authorities. After that, Adventures in Wine will take the wine and handle the rest of the process all the way through to delivery to your doorstep. I will, of course, keep you updated. Learning a lesson from last year, I can not yet and will not provide an ETA until the wines arrive in the U.S.
At this point I can say that the overwhelming majority (97%) of 2011’s have been successfully delivered to our customers. In my last blog post, I wrote that Amedeo wasn’t able to forward some wines due to bottle condition, which they explained were label and/or capsule damage. After working with them to find which customers are still missing wine, and after a physical inspection next week, we will be able to assemble a final list of which customers need which wines. We now have a plan in place to fulfill these past orders.
We intend to send out all past vintage wines still due to customers with the upcoming 2012 release. Although the majority of these wines are 2011’s, a few customers are still due a small number of 2010 bottles and magnums. All told, less than 120 bottles have yet to be delivered to U.S. customers. If the wines still in Amedeo’s possession are not fit for relabeling, we have held back sufficient quantities of most wines to meet any shortfall. I believe the possible exceptions to this are 2011 Charmes-Chambertin and 2011 Volnay Robardelles. If, for any reason, we cannot provide a customer with the exact wine they ordered, we will offer them their choice of a refund, credit, or replacement with a more recent bottling.
Personally, I have learned a great deal in the last year, most of which relates to communication and logistics. In short, I now truly embrace the mantra, “under-promise and over-deliver.” I will not make promises I cannot keep. I am also confident that our new partner, Adventures in Wine, will help us overcome our past logistical problems. This is their area of expertise, after all.
I want to thank you, our customers, for standing by us through our growing pains. And I want to apologize to all of you who didn’t receive wines in the timeframe that I laid out in past communications.
Ray Walker (Maison Ilan)

2012s are all bottled up, ready to be shipped!

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!

2011 En Primeur Direct

Hello everyone,

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