Customer Review

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A romantic, affectionate insight, 27 Mar 2008
This review is from: Burgundy and Its Wines (Paperback)
Before buying this book I made the mistake of thinking that, because it was shown as published in 2008, it had been revised. In fact, it appears to be simply a paperback version of the 2002 hardback - for example the Introduction apparently dates from 1999, and the copywright is still 2002.

Having said that, this is a very readable, enjoyable book. If you are looking for a list of wines with tasting notes and recommendations, you are looking in the wrong book. If you want something of the atmosphere and spirit of Burgundy, this is a the right book. Mr Faith really knows this area of France and its people, and an enormous amount about the winemaking techniques and the vagaries of the terroir, and at times makes one believe one is actually there talking to the winemakers.

Strangely, to me, the section on Beaujolais gave the greatest insight - strange because I am one of those people who regards Beaujolais as ill-placed in its inclusion with the rest of Burgundy. The insights into the differences between the ten Beaujolais crus were a joy to read, although as a Chablis fan I wuold have liked to see a bit more on it.

The book is beautifully produced. It has an overall atmosphere of a misty region where struggle occurs annually to produce something that appears to come from alchemy. I found some of the photographs puzzling. They are beautiful and masterfully executed, but sometimes I wondered precisely what contrubution some of them were making. A picture of a stag's horm sumach against a grey wall and a fair number of pictures of vine leaves or vine rows in colour, although stunning, seemed simply to reduce the amount of wonderful writing.

I finished the book feeling as if it should have been longer, probably much longer. I highly recommend it for people who already know a bit about the region, so that they can appreciate the references to the people, the vineyards and the wines produced in this magical place.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.0 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
5 star:    (0)
4 star:
 (2)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Used & New from: 1.19
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Essex, England

Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,703,919