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Cote D'or: A Celebration Of The Great Wines Of Burgundy [Hardcover]

Clive Coates MW
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26 May 1997
The most comprehensive survey of the great wines of Burgundy by one of the world's great wine masters, including 60 of the top wines and a complete section on all the vintages from 1995 to 1949.

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition Third Impression edition (26 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297836072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297836070
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 12 x 12 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Clive Coates MW (Master of Wine) is one of the world's leading wine authorities. His lifetime of distinguished activity in the field has been recognised by the French government, which recently awarded him the Chevalier de L'Ordre du Merite. Coates has published award-winning 'The Vine', his independent fine wine magazine, since 1985.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply indispensible to every Burgundy wine lover 20 April 1998
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Format:Hardcover
The most recent and up to date definitive work on Burgundy! Clive Coates, in his sharp and wittily understated British style, has done it all! While coverage of the general and background aspects of Burgundy is not as superb as in Hanson's book, Coates survey of the producers and his countless tasting notes spanning the last 50 years(!) are by far the best of the lot. On top of dedicating at least a paragraph to every known and unknown producer, Mr. Coates gives us in-depth detailed 'profiles' of the best sixty domaines.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Undoubtedly comprehensive 19 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
This is without a doubt THE book for the English reader interested in Burgundy. Coates is inexhaustibly knowledgeable and comprehensive. The level of detail goes right down to individual lieux dits, and covers the vast majority of the producers that are worth bothering with. The only slight drawback is that the edition needs to be updated to include recent vintages that are now bottled.
The notes on the vintages up until 2003 (that Coates had tasted in bottle) are simply incredible. He modestly argues for presenting individual tasting notes for wines rather than attempting too much generalization. Like the rest of this book, this approach to vintage leads to a level of very fine detail, which might not appeal to readers who are not (yet!) as passionate about the Cote d'Or as Coates himself, but for anyone who has caught the bug, this book is unmissable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent single-volume work on Burgundy 20 Dec 2000
By C. North - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is an excellent reference work for the serious amateur of Burgundy. The focus is very much on the top estates and domains of the Côte d'Or (Côte de Nuits & Côte de Beaune, as opposed to the Maconnais, Beaujolais, or Chablis -- all technically part of Burgundy in the French appellation system); while well organized and refreshingly jargon-free, debutants looking to ease themselves in to the most complicated wine region in the world might want to look elsewhere.
After living in Burgundy for six months, visiting almost 100 domains, and looking at just about every reviewer's notes, I trust Coates above anyone when it comes to Burgundy. He is a believer in terroir, and cares deeply about balance and finesse; those whose tastes track Parker's, who care most about extract, color, and power are probably looking at the wrong book. (They're looking in the wrong region, too -- and at the wrong varietal for that matter.)
This book is an absolutely essential part of every oenophile's library. Why only 4 stars? The reviews are somewhat out of date -- a problem for anyone with a relatively new wine drinking/collecting habit (latest vintage reviewed is 1996, I believe, and that one only briefly). Also, the tasting notes are not as comprehensive as one might wish -- Coates sometimes limits himself to notes from a single vertical tasting in a given vigneron's cellar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Review of the Leading Domaines of Burgundy 22 Jan 2000
By Alan S. Klee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The author offers a comprehensive review of the history of the finest wine producing region in the province of Burgundy, France. The book not only provides a well written historical perspective of the evolution of the great wine growing in the Cote d'Or, but also a discussion of differences in terrior of each of the appellations. If you wondered what are the differences or similarities among Gevrey Chambertin, Vosne Romanee, Musigny, Volnay, etc., this is the book for you! Mr. Coates also provides very useful commentary about the leading domaines and negotiants within each appellation, including a very useful comparative analysis of the vintages through the early-1990's.
This book is a must for those who want to gain a greater knowledge of the Cote d'Or and the fabulous wines it produces. Very fine, indeed!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply indispensible to every Burgundy wine lover 20 April 1998
By Yak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The most recent and up to date definitive work on Burgundy! Clive Coates, in his sharp and wittily understated British style, has done it all! While coverage of the general and background aspects of Burgundy is not as superb as in Hanson's book, Coates survey of the producers and his countless tasting notes spanning the last 50 years(!) are by far the best of the lot. On top of dedicating at least a paragraph to every known and unknown producer, Mr. Coates gives us in-depth detailed 'profiles' of the best sixty domaines.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're only going to have one Burgundy book... 24 Dec 2000
By Rick Gregory - Published on Amazon.com
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...this is it. Along with Remington Norman's Great Domaines of Burgundy, this is a must have reference book if you're serious about Burgundy. Coates understands Burgundy and covers it in considerable depth. No, you won't find tasting notes on every wine you look for, but you'll find quite a few. I find myself going back to this book regularly both for specific references and to refresh my knowledge.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of its kind 9 Nov 2006
By Jonathan Appleseed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Burgundy is one of the most difficult-to-grasp wine regions in the world. Many studies have been done on the soil, climate, wind direction, sun exposure, rainfall, etc., yet nobody really knows, yet, why one acre of Burgundy produces a certain kind of wine and the acre right next to it something different. Clive Coates book comes as close as humanly possible to explain it. He begins his sections with a "History" of the region, then continues with "Location", "Vineyard", and then defines and describes the wines made from the Grand Crus and the Premier Crus, recommending sources and also providing the size of each vineyard. Also, he covers vintages.

It's amazing how Coates takes such a difficult region and maps it out so succinctly for us. Far better effort than Parker's "Burgundy".
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