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on 7 July 2017
Although this book is twenty years old it gives a very detailed description of the Rhone Valley wineries and the wine makers, an area that is deservedly on the up so some knowledge of one of the oldest wine regions in the world and one of the best for value.
It doesn't really matter that the vintages are not relevant as all up to date books are soon out of date, but for an overall appraisal of the region this book is great value if you can find it at the price I paid which was vitually nothing.
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on 17 June 2013
Fine book, very informative for this underrated area of France. The book is however out of date with 1995 (i think) being the last vinage reviewed.
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on 15 October 2002
There is no way to avoid discussing the controversy surrounding Robert Parker and if the truth were told, much of it is mis-directed. Yes Parker has incredible power and influence, but the reader is reminded that they are responsible for their own education and it is up to them to broaden their knowledge through using sources other than Robert Parker.
So, is the book worth buying? YES. There is little doubt that Parker is one of the most interesting wine writers around. This book not only provides a wealth of information on the region and their traditions, but Parker's profiles on the more prodigious producers allow the reader to feel that they get to know them a little more. His wonderful account of Laurent Feraud of Domaine Pegau in CDP is excellent and having met her, I can honestly say that he captures both her charm and ferocity.
Essentially when you read Parker you feel as though you get to know the region and the wines. Bordeaux is a more austere book as is the region.
Parker's reccomendations are not infallible, but then you would doubt the strength of your own opinion should you agree with everything he says. He introduced me to Pegau, St. Cosme, Rostaing, Chave, Pierre Usegglio and the finer (and cheaper) special cuvees from St. Joseph and Crozes Hermitage of the almost infallible Chapoutier and for that I am grateful.
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on 27 April 2002
Well, what can I say? Parker's books just amaze me. This book is so well written, the points system helps you a great deal. I thought Parker was only a Bordeaux & Burgundy expert. He is the most influential man in the world on wine expertise. Thanks 'Sir' Robert Parker!
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on 21 February 1998
There are a number of books now available on the wines of the Rhone, an area of the wine world with increasing public awareness, and deservedly so. Parker has updated his own volume, but appears to be unaware of any of the efforts of others in the field; he is certainly unprepared to acknowledge the body of work into which his new book will rest. Any book of this type of thoroughness with no bibliography seems to this reviewer to miss the point a bit...
Parker's book is full of the usual indulgences - a preparedness for hyperbole, for speaking with absolute authority and for the general impression that the author is more important than the winemaker. The wines are afforded their status because he writes about them, alas; we would prefer, I suspect, a writer who realises the wines are his reason for being, rather than the other way around.
Nonetheless, the book is a solid effort of research and the tasting notes are a testament to an awful amount of time and care - and love - devoted to the subject. Parker knows the Rhone, and he conveys his enthusiasms well. Recommended.
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on 5 June 2001
Parker is a superb taster. Unfortunately his honesty and/or tastes rub some people up the wrong way. I find his palette and tasting notes to be extremely reliable.
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on 23 June 1999
There's all the detail and precision you expect from RP but this is more of an interesting read than his other books. More background and insight about the idiosyncracies of the wines and growers. I found myself reading this book rather than just using it as the essential reference that all his books have become. I felt that I got deeper into the region and its wines than I could with his other books, you could almost say it's a good read!
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on 30 March 1998
This is a fabulously indulgent work for fans of Rhone wines. Parker's great love of the area and its most famous product shines off the pages and brings depth and passion to wine criticism. There is however one drawback for those hoping to use the book as a basis for touring the vineyards themselves and this is that he only gives a generic price for each appellation rather than a price for each domaine. Thus we know roughly how much a Cote Rotie is going to cost us, but not how much a particular Guigal will be. This is obviously due to his having an American audience in mind which will be buying its wine largely from importers, but nonetheless it does it mean that for us who like to tour wine areas we need to refer to another work in order to make a judgement about which wines represent the best value. Otherwise an excellent and enjoyable work.
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on 20 April 1998
Another colossal work by Mr. Parker! As usual, the author concentrates a little more on grading individual wines, producers and vintages than on the background and the general picture. The book is very coherent, easy to refer to, and is packed with useful (and not so useful) information. It explicitly treats every winemaker in the region with specific notes and marks for every conceivable wine and vintage.
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on 11 January 1998
Parker has done it again. The book give the reader exellent insight into the wine world of Rhone. Major growers are described in detail, not only covering the wines, but history as well. Later vintages are covered with tasting notes. I will not call it negative, but the book demonstrates Parkers 'tast dictatorship': He either enjoy a wine or not.
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