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Essential tasting notes on Burgundy
on 11 January 2009
As we all know, high-end Burgundy is expensive. And since these bottles are rarely on the free market at all and we therefore have hardly any opportunity to taste the wine before buying, it is a good thing reliable connaisseurs make their independent notes public (and I'm glad for them they can make a living by that). Of course you have to assess by comparing your own impressions over a longer period of time who's palate you share. Is it Robert Parker's? Or Clive Coates'? At least for Burgundy I prefer Clive Coates (and I hardly ever agree with Robert Parker at all, because I do not like the overextracted wines he so admires), and consider this work therefore essential reading for the serious Burgundy-lover.
Coates' first volume (Côte d'Or) is of course still a must-read and not replaced by this one, because the evaluation of the domaines is much more expanded in that first work. But for tasting notes of Burgundy after 1995, this book is essential. Moreover Coates' writing style is excellent: to the point but with a poetic hint. So it's fun reading as well!