Bordeaux: A Consumer's Guide to the World's Finest Wines
With this fourth edition of the classic that launched his career, Parker strives to maintain his unprecedented independence, objectivity, clarity, and enthusiasm in reporting on the vintages of Bordeaux.
Parker has not only added tastings for the vintages in the intervening years since the last edition, but he has also retasted and reevaluated a majority of the earlier vintages. His accessible and direct style welcomes both the seasoned wine collector and the eager beginner to the pleasures of fine wine and France's most illustrious chateau.
Organized by appellation, Bordeaux moves alphabetically from one producer to the next, providing essential information and an overview of the property and its owners. Parker then lists each vintage, and includes numerical ratings and detailed tasting notes for most of that chateau's wines. At the end of each tasting note, Parker estimates the "anticipated maturity"—the range of time when the wine should peak in flavor and balance—and each entry concludes with a summary of the chateau's earlier vintages. Hailed by The New York Times as “the critic who matters most,” Robert Parker's Bordeaux is the most complete consumer's guide to the wines of Bordeaux ever written.
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30 years Density 50 hectoliters acres Grape varietals age of vines aging in barrels Anticipated maturity appointment only Contact aromas Barsac/Sauternes black currant black currant fruit Bordeaux bottles No second bottles Plateau bouquet Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc Average Cabernet Sauvignon Cantenac cassis Classification concentrated creme de cassis Cru Bourgeois Cru Bourgeois Location Density of plantation E-mail elegant fermentation and maceration Fining and filtration ﬂavors Franc Average age full—bodied fully mature harvest hectare Average yields hectare Elevage hectoliters per hectare herbs IMPORTANT VIN Lafite Rothschild Last tasted Latour Léoville licorice Listrac Location of vineyards maceration in temperature maceration in temperature-controlled Margaux medium bodied Médoc Merlot Mouton Rothschild nose Pauillac Petit Verdot Average Plateau of maturity Pomerol rich ripe ruby/purple color Sauvignon Blanc second wine Semillon St.-Emilion St.-Estephe St.-Julien style tannin Telefax Telephone Verdot Average age VIN TA GES vines per hectare VINEYARDS Surface area vintage GENERAL APPRECIATION WINES PRODUCED Chateau