The Finest Chateaux of Bordeaux and Their Wines
By (author) Clive Coates
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Grands Vins by Clive Coates
Book DescriptionBy far France's largest fine-wine region, Bordeaux is also arguably its greatest, and perhaps the greatest in the world. "Grands Vins" is the most comprehensive survey of these wines ever published. Following an introduction detailing the history, the geography, the grape varieties, and other regional wine-making idiosyncrasies, Clive Coates--who is reputed to know more about the estates and their wines than the owners themselves--profiles the leading chateaux and assesses their top red and white wines. He discusses the respective qualities, taste characteristics and merits of just about every fine Bordeaux wine made in the last thirty years and more, listing its state of maturity and optimum drinking periods in succinct and accessible form. Since the publication of Clive Coates's "Claret" in 1982, the Bordeaux region has seen many changes. There has been a run of bumper, successful red-wine harvests unparalleled in recent times. Perfectionist control of the viticultural process is now commonplace not just at the top of the hierarchy but right down to cru bourgeois level, and the vineyards planted following the great February 1956 frost have reached full maturity, producing a quality and consistency that Bordeaux has until now never enjoyed. Moreover, a revival in the fortunes of Sauternes and a revolution in the techniques of dry-white wine making means that the quality of these wines matches that of the reds. For the historian, too, there is far more documentation available about the illustrious pasts of many Bordeaux chateaux than a decade ago; many estates have initiated long-overdue research into their archives, and scarce nineteenth-century books have been reprinted in facsimile. Essential reading for anyone who has cellared or intends to buy Bordeaux wines, "Grands Vins" is a lucid voyage through the histories of the leading estates, a convivial encounter with their personalities, a fascinating lesson in contemporary wine-making techniques, and above all a celebration of preeminent wines.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520202207
(254mm x 178mm x 54mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 7-Jun-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Clive Coates
Wines of France, Paperback (December 2013)
This book is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to all the wine producing areas in France with tastings from every single appellation and attention to the best growers in each region
My Favorite Burgundies, Hardback (October 2013)
Divided into three sections - Vineyard Profiles, Domaine Profiles, and Vintage Assessments, this title considers the leading vineyards and today's top estates, and features detailed maps and a wealth of tasting notes that reflect how the wine develops as it ages.
Wines of Burgundy, Hardback (May 2008)
Details major vintages from 2006 back to 1959 and includes thousands of tasting notes of the top wines. This book contains chapters on Chablis and Cote Chalonnaise. It considers Burgundy to be one of the most exciting, complex, and intractable wine region in the world.
Wines of Bordeaux, Hardback (August 2004)» View all books by Clive Coates
An authoritative guide to one of the most important and complex wine regions by one of the world's greatest experts who has been tasting and writing on French wine for 40 years.
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Author Biography - Clive Coates
Clive Coates M.W. (Master of Wine) is one of the world's leading wine authorities. In 1985, after twenty-five years as a professional wine merchant, he set up his own independent fine-wine magazine, "The Vine." It is now circulated throughout the world and in 1992 received a Special Commendation for its considerable contribution to the knowledge and understanding of wine from the Wine Guild of Great Britain. He also writes for nearly all the world's other serious wine magazines and is known as an accomplished lecturer throughout Europe and the United States. He is the author of "Claret" (1982) and "Wines of France" (1990).
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