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Bordeaux [Hardcover]

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4 Dec 2003
A classic guide to France's most popular wine. Features not just the grand vins from well-known chateaux, but also wines from hundreds of more humble estates. Organized by appellation, each producer is listed, along with an overview and a catalogue of each vintage. A numerical rating system, tasting notes and Parker's refreshing candour make this a book for the serious oenophile, as well as for the enthusiastic amateur taster.

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  • Hardcover: 1264 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; New Ed edition (4 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405305665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405305662
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 5.9 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A long-awaited update to the US Wine Guru's second edition of this book, which was published while the famed 1990 Bordeaux vintage was barely a grape, this is a reference book to beat all reference books on the subject.

Robert Parker has sniffed, gurgled and ejected through the kasbah which is Bordeaux. There is hardly a chateau or a shack which hasn't been stormed by General Bacchus in his efforts to give, on the one hand, a concise, factual report on the property and, on the other, his own, very personal evaluation of the wine through as many vintages as he has tasted.

The author is very opinionated and others do not always share his views. After all, the test of a wine is as much about the drink itself as it is about the type of glass used, the food with which it is taken and the surroundings and company with which it is enjoyed. He does, however, wield an enormous amount of power. His bimonthly newsletter can make or break wines on the commercial market, doubling the cost of a top-scoring wine compared to that of its immediate peers within weeks of the Parker Pronouncement.

This is an invaluable book for anyone who adores Bordeaux wines or wants to hear the views of a knowledgeable companion on their trip through the minefield of styles and vintages. --Nick Tarayan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert Parker is a bestselling author, his previous titles include Parker's Wine Buying Guide. He is the first wine writer to receive France's two highest honours, Knighthoods in the National Order of Merit and the Legion of Honour and he is regarded as the world's foremost authority on wine. Robert Parker resides in Maryland, USA.

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5.0 out of 5 stars No other guide comes close 18 May 2005
If you are a lover of the wines from one the world's finest and greatest wine regions (ie. the wines of Bordeaux; the other region being Burgundy)then you have to buy or have access to this book. It really is as simple as that. No other guide to Bordeaux wines is as complete, as consistent or displays as much scholarship and applied and intelligent research as does this one. For all the bric bats that are thrown his way, for all of the carping and moaning, for all of the jealous mutterings of his rivals, Robert Parker's consistently excellent tasting and writing talents continue to stand him out from the crowd. As with any wine critic and wine writer, you may find that his tastes do not coincide with yours. That is not a problem. I have a cellar that is full of wines that have been rated anywhere between 86/100 points and 100/100 points by Parker. There are days and occasions when the 86 pointer is just what I wish and need, and there are others when the 100 pointers are chosen to form the centrepiece of a grand and memorable dining experience. Parker does not profess to lay down taste requirements or criteria. He judges and comments on the quality of the wine. Think of chocolate. The finest chocolate, most would agree, is made by Belgian chocolatiers and are refined, elegant and linger on the palate, long after the chocolate has been consumed. However, it may well be the case that some of us do not enjoy chocolates which are made at that level of refinement or we cannot tolerate it on a daily or regular basis. We may be much happier munching a Snicker bar or a Reeces pieces. And so it is with wine. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference 4 Mar 2002
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Unlike one reviewer stated earlier, "This book, in my opinion, fails to depict the mystique that surrounds wines", is unfounded. This book is not written and was not meant to show the mystic which surrounds wines. This is a excellent reference for explaining what type of wine was produced at a chateau during a given vintage. Not only does Mr. Parker rate the wines but defines the subtle characteristics most people can not distinguish. Copious tasting notes on many vintages and information provided about the chateau have proven to be quite useful when selecting wines to enjoy, while not over paying on poor vintages. Mr. Parker also addresses the issue on each chateau listing on classified growths on whether or not they still merit the classification bestowed upon them in 1855.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great on detail but easy to read for claret nuts 13 Mar 2002
If you are obsessive about wines from Bordeaux then this is the book for you. An immense amount of detail but easy to read or navigate. Love or loath Parker's scoring system he has tasted anything that moves and has an opinion - now where's my glass of Petrus '45?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bordeaux - 4th Edition 20 Feb 2004
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Although Parker's revised 4th Edition might be considered a must for serious lovers and students of Bordeaux wines, there are two unfortunate omissions.
Firstly, many valuable tasting notes that appeared in earlier editions have been left out. Secondly, the author’s personal one-word evaluation of the property in question – which used to appear at the top right hand side of each entry – has been omitted, in favour of a more wordy explanation.
Aside from these two gripes, the guide is worthy – if a little overpriced, considering the mainly regurgitated material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bordeaux "Bible" - but due for an upgrade 20 Jun 2001
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This book is essential to anyone who is serious about drinking, collecting or even investing in fine wines from Bordeaux. A comprehensive analysis of each commune, vintage and individual Chateau.
However it would be nice to have an update soon from Mr Parker - this book only covers wines up to the 1997 vintage. Hopefully we will soon have an update including the exciting 2000 vintage soon.
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