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Burgundy and Its Wines Paperback – 1 Mar 2008
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About the Author
Nicholas Faith is a well-known journalist and a leading wine writer based in London. His first wine book, The Winemasters, was awarded the Andre Simon Prize. His book on Cognac won prizes in both Britain and the United States
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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.
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Thats what this book is, but it does not have much more info and dont bother if your trying to become a burg expert. Though I guess you do need to see what the vineyards look like.
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