Bordeaux: Its Wines, and the Claret Country

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1846 - Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France) - 215 pages
 

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Page 89 - Hayti, a right and practice suggested and supported by considerations of humanity only, it is to be hoped that the day is not distant when the enlightened nations represented here will deem it wise to abolish it.
Page 18 - Johannes rex statuit, quod nullum tonellum vini Pictavensis vendatur carius quam xx solidis, et nullum tonellum vini Andegaven.sis carius quam xxiv solidis, ct nullum tonellum vini Franciao carius quam pro xxv solidis, nisi vinum illud adeo bonum sit, quod aliquis velit pro eo dare circa duas marcas et altius.
Page 140 - Carmenere, or grosse Vidure, called also grand Carmenet, Carbonet, or Sauvignon, has larger berries than the former ; its bunches, also, are both longer and larger ; its grapes are of a bright colour, and exquisite taste, but subject to the coulure or blight. Its produce is of the same quality as that of the Carmenet, but of a deeper colour. These two species are almost the only ones grown on certain privileged estates. 3.
Page 140 - Malbeck, or noir de Pressac, is known by its long bunches and oval grapes, very dark and wide apart ; its leaf smooth, large, and round, grows red in September; its wood is of a greyish colour. This vine is subject to the coulure. It produces, abundantly, a very ripe wine of little strength, but of a fine colour, which becomes delicate as it grows old, but which is inclined to turn acid if it be not properly attended to, and kept in a fresh cellar...
Page 141 - These four species of vines abound in the most valuable estates of Medoc, where we also occasionally meet with the Tarney, which ripens quickly, and produces a wine of a ruby colour; its grapes are black and have a fine skin ; its leaves are smooth and tri-lobed; and its wood weak and straggling. The other less important vines are: the Merlot, a vigorous plant, with fine...
Page 140 - Gros Verdot, have the same qualities, only the berries of the latter are larger ; their leaves are of a dull pale green, and plentifully furnished with tendrils; their bunches short, and composed of small grapes of a bright red colour, and delicate taste, but which are slow in ripening : they produce a firm, perfumed wine, of a splendid colour, which keeps well. 4.
Page 201 - ... smoothness, and an exquisite perfume. But with respect to the white, all that is required of them is, that they should possess body and strength. For red wines to succeed to perfection, they require a very rare succession of changes of temperature: now warm, to ripen the grapes: now wet, to soften the skins ; and now dry, to stop the sap.
Page 93 - La rason del pu fort es toujourt la milhouro ; Z'ou prouboray tout aquesto houro. Un joyno agnel, per se coupa la set D'un moubomen mol é doucet Baignabo sa lenguo éfantino Din lou courren d'un ruis à l'ayqueto argentine Quant protcho d'el fut amenat Un loup que la qulo poussabo.
Page 201 - It is generally allowed that it is much easier to judge of the white wines than the red, even from the vintage. In the red, present taste requires a perfect equilibrium of different opposite properties, which mutually counteract each other ; such as body, a fine colour, and perfect maturity, together with an agreeable flavour, smoothness, and an exquisite perfume.

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