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on 15 May 2007
This is a very good effort to cover a lot about wine in one volume.Parker does have individual books available on bordeaux;burgundy;rhone;etc that are even more detailed and this volume is a compendium of parts of these individual volumes.As in any such endeavour there is no doubt that much has to be left out to give the purchaser an even chance of having a book that is liftable,and others have pointed out some examples of omissions.But frankly,this book covers the most popular zones and the most typical wine choices one is confronted with.Sauternes (which is sacrificed) accounts for only an infinitesmal part of the wine trade.And no one other than the Brits drinks S.A. wines-so no great loss here either.What remains is a very good reference book that covers 98% of what you need to know.His rating system also has been criticised as favouring young full-bodied;fruit driven wines.But that is a reflection of his taste,and if you don't like these kinds of wines then read between the lines of this book to find the ones that suit you better.The big plus is that he has no qualms about saying which chateaux are past it;which are improving and which will be the future stars.No other wine reviewer speaks so openly about this.So well done to him for puncturing some of the posturing that surrounds this industry.
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