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Bordeaux: A Legendary Wine
     

Bordeaux: A Legendary Wine

by Michel Dovaz, John Lee (Translator), Michel Guillard (Photographer)
 
This stunning, comprehensive guide to France's celebrated wine begins with the history of the first chateaux and culminates in a lively chateau-by-chateau catalog of recent vintages.

With a renowned history spanning centuries, the Bordeaux region ranks as perhaps the greatest wine-making area in the world. As Michel Dovaz makes clear in this breathtaking tour of

Overview

This stunning, comprehensive guide to France's celebrated wine begins with the history of the first chateaux and culminates in a lively chateau-by-chateau catalog of recent vintages.

With a renowned history spanning centuries, the Bordeaux region ranks as perhaps the greatest wine-making area in the world. As Michel Dovaz makes clear in this breathtaking tour of the châteaus of Bordeaux, the true story of this legendary wine begins even earlier, when the earth itself took shape and blessed this part of France with a magical soil.

Building his story upon the Bordeaux bedrock, Dovaz covers the fascinating history of the many châteaus that have been operating continuously since the seventeenth century, refining their wine-making expertise with every harvest. With Michel Guillard's instructive and sumptuous photographs, Dovaz relates the many steps that go into the production of this most prestigious wine, from vine to vinification, and suggests how best to serve and sample the fruits of this labor.

In the last half of the book, the author presents a representative catalog featuring the wines of one hundred twenty-five châteaus, complete with tasting notes for recent vintages, the wines' expected dates of ideal maturation, grape content, and photographs of labeled bottles. The catalog is followed by an extensive glossary, a list of château addresses, and a summary table running down the harvest conditions of the past fifteen years.

It is a blending of science and tradition, of fine soil and good weather (and of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot, and cabernet franc grapes), that gives birth to the complex, singular creation that is Bordeauxwine. For the interested newcomer or experienced oenophile, Bordeaux offers an authoritative, beautiful guide to the appreciation of this rare pleasure. Open it and enjoy.

Other Details: 86 pages in full color, plus 125 black-and white photographs of bottles 268 pages 9 1/4 x 9 1/4" Published 1998

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789204493
Publisher:
Abbeville Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ENG ED
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 12.18(h) x 1.23(d)

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Preface

In the modern world everything happens quickly; the only constant is that things will change. Despite this endless state of flux some things remain dependable; the more time passes, the more compelling these fixed landmarks become. They become models, archetypes, symbols, and end up as legends. The Rolls Royce has become the symbol of the luxury automobile, Champagne has become synonymous with celebration, and sometimes fame can become so powerful that a brand is turned into a concept. The French call a car horn a Klaxon, the British call a vacuum cleaner a Hoover, and Americans call a white wine Chablis. Do we use Bordeaux to mean any red wine? No, because the word has been stoutly defended. Nevertheless, Bordeaux wine is now so celebrated the world over that it has become the archetype of red wine.

The entire world conforms to the standards of Bordeaux, envies it, and copies it. Thus Bordeaux grape varieties-particularly cabernet sauvignon-are planted in vineyards everywhere. Thus, in every country, wine is matured in wood, even to excess. Thus the wines of the four corners of the globe are stored in Bordeaux-shaped bottles.

What is behind this exemplary success story? The entirely random creation, over thousands of years, of a unique soil; weather conditions that particularly favor the development of subtle aromas in the grapes; and lastly, the tireless efforts of people who in three centuries have built up a legend.

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