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The Finest Wines of Bordeaux: A Regional Guide to the Best Chateaux and Their Wines

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Bordeaux has long symbolized the peak of prestige for French wine. Yet, despite its outstanding reputation, the region has remained relatively closed to consumers, as forbidding as the highest château gates or the most tannic of its young wines.
In this highly approachable, beautifully illustrated guide, Master of Wine James Lawther draws on his insider’s knowledge to open up Bordeaux. He has identified 90 producers from both the Left and Right banks with the finest wines and ...

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Overview

Bordeaux has long symbolized the peak of prestige for French wine. Yet, despite its outstanding reputation, the region has remained relatively closed to consumers, as forbidding as the highest château gates or the most tannic of its young wines.
In this highly approachable, beautifully illustrated guide, Master of Wine James Lawther draws on his insider’s knowledge to open up Bordeaux. He has identified 90 producers from both the Left and Right banks with the finest wines and the most interesting stories to tell and takes us inside their chateaux, offering intimate portraits of both the properties and the people who shape this fascinating region. He also provides chapters on history and winemaking that explain how Bordeaux has risen over the past three centuries to the unparalleled status it enjoys today. Illustrated throughout with original photographs and detailed color maps, The Finest Wines of Bordeaux reveals a changing region that is more open to new producers than its insular reputation suggests—and one that continues to hold a tight grip on the imaginations of wine enthusiasts around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

SF Chronicle
“ Takes a remarkably fresh look at an area often treated with fustiness and boredom. Names both obvious and obscure receive colorful profileS.”
Quarterly Review Of Wines
“This handsomely printed work manages—via sound scholarship and good writing—to transform its timeworn subject into something new and fresh.”
California Grapevine
“There is a wealth of information here that is available nowhere else. An essential book for a lover of Bordeaux wines.”
Gastronomica - Barbara Ensrud
“An informative and engaging read. . . . Lawther has provided a highly valuable book.”
Library Journal
Wyand's handsome photographs highlight the vineyards and châteaus and their producers and owners. Bordeaux-based wine writer Lawther follows a brief overview of the regions' history, climate, soil, viticulture, and wine making with geographically divided snapshots of info for each château, covering their history, producers' philosophies, finest vintages, and production stats. For readers preferring to travel by glass rather than plane, the book is rounded out with classification listings, a list of the region's "Finest 100," and a "Year by Year" (2009–1982) vintage guide enjoyably akin to a Wine Farmer's Almanac. For the pros and readers seeking immersion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520266575
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2010
  • Series: World's Finest Wines Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Lawther MW is a wine writer who has been based in Bordeaux since 1995. He is a contributing editor of Decanter, a contributor to The World of Fine Wine, author of The Heart of Bordeaux, and a contributor to several wine books including the Global Encyclopedia of Wine.

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