The Wines of Bordeaux: Vintages and Tasting Notes 1952-2003

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University of California Press, 2004 - Cooking - 720 pages
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Written by the leading international expert on French wine, The Wines of Bordeaux is the authoritative guide to one of the most important and complex wine regions in the world. Sumptuously produced, with a wealth of color illustrations and stunning line drawings, this book covers all the vineyards of Bordeaux--from the largest and most famous chteaux to the smallest farmsteads.
Bordeaux is known for the quality, quantity, and variety of its wine. It produces twenty-five percent of the appellation contrle harvest in France--a great deal more than the Beaujolais, Burgundy, Alsace, Loire, or Rhne regions. It also produces all of the three main types of wine: red, dry white, and sweet white. Updating and augmenting Clive Coates's classic Grands Vins, this book shows that many of Bordeaux's wines are not only superlative but also affordable. Thirty-five years of traveling around the French vineyards has given Coates an encyclopedic knowledge of France and its wines. His love and respect for French wines is apparent as he imparts detailed information on the best vintages, tasting notes of the top wines, and up-to-the-minute advice for selecting best value wines. With clear wine descriptions that are accessible to both the uninitiated and the connoisseur, The Wines of Bordeaux increases the pleasure of traveling to this remarkable region and of selecting and enjoying its splendid wines. Written by the leading international expert on French wine, The Wines of Bordeaux is the authoritative guide to one of the most important and complex wine regions in the world. Sumptuously produced, with a wealth of color illustrations and stunning line drawings, this book covers all the vineyards of Bordeaux--from the largest and most famous chteaux to the smallest farmsteads.
Bordeaux is known for the quality, quantity, and variety of its wine. It produces twenty-five percent of the appellation contrle harvest in France--a great deal more than the Beaujolais, Burgundy, Alsace, Loire, or Rhne regions. It also produces all of the three main types of wine: red, dry white, and sweet white. Updating and augmenting Clive Coates's classic Grands Vins, this book shows that many of Bordeaux's wines are not only superlative but also affordable. Thirty-five years of traveling around the French vineyards has given Coates an encyclopedic knowledge of France and its wines. His love and respect for French wines is apparent as he imparts detailed information on the best vintages, tasting notes of the top wines, and up-to-the-minute advice for selecting best value wines. With clear wine descriptions that are accessible to both the uninitiated and the connoisseur, The Wines of Bordeaux increases the pleasure of traveling to this remarkable region and of selecting and enjoying its splendid wines.
  

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Splendid, under rated claret. De Conincks' are in a direct line from Horeau and other owners. Excellent blend of Merlot and Cab (Cab about 10%) Great mid palate pleasures. Very satidying--good tanins and strong sturdy finish.

Contents

Preface
7
Grape Varieties
21
Bordeaux Classifications Old and New
41
Part One The Appellations and their Chateaux
60
HautMedoc
74
SaintEstephe
98
Pauillac
114
SaintJulien
132
The SaintEmilion Satellites
330
LalandedePomerol 368
343
Fronsac CanonFronsac
378
Cotes de Castillon Cotes de Francs
396
Bourg and Blaye
409
Part Two The Vintage Assessments
424
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437
455
490

Margaux
146
Moulis c Listrac
172
Graves du Sud
212
Sauternes
226
The Lesser Sweet White Wine Areas
256
Between the Rivers
274
502
558
560
638
1970
657
Sauternes
680
Glossary
709
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About the author (2004)

Clive Coates, MW, was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite by the French government, the Ruffino/Cyril Ray Memorial Prize for his work on Italian wine, and the title of Wine Writer of the Year for 1998/1999 in the Champagne Lanson awards. He has published The Vine, his independent fine wine magazine, since 1985. His books include Claret (1982), Wines of France (1990), Grands Vins: The Finest Châteaux of Bordeaux and Their Wines (California, 1995), An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France (California, 2000), and Côte D'Or: A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy (California, 1997), which won the Champagne Veuve Clicquot Prize, the André Simon Award, and the James Beard Award.

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