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Juhlin's Champagne Guide [Paperback]

Richard Juhlin
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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Wine Appreciation Guild (15 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9163331918
  • ISBN-13: 978-9163331916
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,654,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The leading expert on Champagne delivers! 20 Aug 2009
A nice pocketsized book made for the trip to Champagne. Juhlin is probably the world's leading expert on Champagne, and this book is filled with adresses to producers and ratings of current vintages. He also provides some tips on hotels and restaurants in the region. A must have if you're going there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good Champagne guide, but not without flaws 3 Jan 2011
Richard Juhlin is a well respected Champagne expert (in particular an excellent taster), and has written several books on Champagne. This Champagne guide (originally published in Swedish and English in 2008) is smaller in format than the previous "so-and-so many thousand Champagnes" book by him, and seems to be intended to (also) be brought along on trips to the region. It is a good book for that purpose, but it is not without flaws.

Most of the book consists of short producer profiles including scores for their Champagnes (one line each). They run from two-three lines of text for the profile + scores for 1-2 wines to a couple of pages for the big houses.

Richard Juhlin scores Champagnes on a 0-100 scale giving two numbers, one for "now" and one for "potentital future maximum", such as 87 (89). I find the way they are shown fundamentally flawed. There is no indication of when "now" was - when he tasted them, which in many cases was several years ago? or extrapolated to the publication year 2008? This also means that for non-vintage Champagne, there is no clue if a relatively recent cuvée or one 5-10 years ago formed the basis for the score in the book. There is also no indication of how far into the future the maximum could be expected to be achieved (which should reasonably be very different for, say, Brut Imperial and Salon). Although I realise that a full description of each Champagne doesn't fit into this format, a single score + a recommended drinking window (at least for vintage Champagne) á la Wine Advocate and many others had probably been more useful for the readers.

Another thing to realise is that not everyone has exactly the same taste as Mr. Juhlin. This is of course the case for using any wine critics' scores.
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