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The Wines of Bordeaux

Vintages and Tasting Notes 1952-2003

Clive Coates M. W. (Author), Susan Howe (Other)

Available in US and Territories, Philippines

Hardcover, 720 pages
ISBN: 9780520235731
September 2004
Written by the leading international expert on French wine, The Wines of Bordeaux is the authoritative guide to one of the most important and complex wine regions in the world. Sumptuously produced, with a wealth of color illustrations and stunning line drawings, this book covers all the vineyards of Bordeaux—from the largest and most famous châteaux to the smallest farmsteads.

Bordeaux is known for the quality, quantity, and variety of its wine. It produces twenty-five percent of the appellation contrôlée harvest in France—a great deal more than the Beaujolais, Burgundy, Alsace, Loire, or Rhône regions. It also produces all of the three main types of wine: red, dry white, and sweet white. Updating and augmenting Clive Coates's classic Grands Vins, this book shows that many of Bordeaux's wines are not only superlative but also affordable. Thirty-five years of traveling around the French vineyards has given Coates an encyclopedic knowledge of France and its wines. His love and respect for French wines is apparent as he imparts detailed information on the best vintages, tasting notes of the top wines, and up-to-the-minute advice for selecting best value wines. With clear wine descriptions that are accessible to both the uninitiated and the connoisseur, The Wines of Bordeaux increases the pleasure of traveling to this remarkable region and of selecting and enjoying its splendid wines.

Part One -- The Properties

Moulis and Listrac
Graves: Pessac-Léognan
Graves du Sud
Lesser Sweet Wine Areas
Between the Rivers
Premières Côtes de Bordeaux
The Saint-Émilion Satellites
Lalande de Pomerol
Fronsac and Canon Fronsac
Côtes de Castillon and Côtes de Francs
Bourg and Blaye
The Rest of Bordeaux

Part Two -- The Vintages

2003 First Report
1997 plus Sauternes
1990, 1989 and 1988 Sauternes
1978 and 1975
1959 Sauternes
Clive Coates, MW, was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite by the French government, the Ruffino/Cyril Ray Memorial Prize for his work on Italian wine, and the title of Wine Writer of the Year for 1998/1999 in the Champagne Lanson awards. He has published The Vine, his independent fine wine magazine, since 1985. His books include Claret (1982), Wines of France (1990), Grands Vins: The Finest Châteaux of Bordeaux and Their Wines (California, 1995), An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France (California, 2000), and Côte D'Or: A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy (California, 1997), which won the Champagne Veuve Clicquot Prize, the André Simon Award, and the James Beard Award.
“Superb. . . . belongs in the wine library of every Bordeaux lover.”—Bob Foster California Grapevine
“Having visited and written about French vineyards for more than 35 years, Master of Wine Clive Coates is the world's foremost expert on the wines of Bordeaux. Whether you're a novice or a collector, a buyer of top wines from the grandest estates or seeking to learn more about the modest properties in the Bordeaux satellite regions of Cotes de Bourg or Entre-Deux-Mers, Coates is your source.”—Ray & Eleanor Heald Canton Observer
“[Coates’] knowledge of Bordeaux is nothing short of encyclopedic.”—Robert Messenger Food & Wine
“For collectors intent on investing any measure of time and money in Bordeaux wine, this is a must-read. . . . This book demystifies the world’s most elite wine-growing region. . . . A cross between an encyclopedia, farmer’s almanac, historic review and price guide, the book offers an organized means of understanding Bordeaux, geographically and hierarchically, by chateau and vintage.”—Holly Hubbard Preston International Herald Tribune
"English Master of Wine Clive Coates has written a superb and elegantly understated book. It is a thoughtful antidote to the hype and hyperbole of other wine experts."—Deborah Scoblionkov Philadelphia Inquirer
“Clive Coates is one of our favorite wine writers. . . . His new book not only offers wonderfully compressed profiles of Bordeaux’s big players, but gives us the skinny as well on a host of little guys, many of whom, as it turns out, make pretty good wine, yet rarely get the attention they deserve. Perhaps now they will.”—Randy Sheahan Quarterly Review Of Wines
“A comprehensive guide to one of France's leading wine regions. . . . A great gift.”—Laurie Daniel San Jose Mercury News
“An indispensable tome.”—Claudia Conlon The Wine News
“A must-have for oenophiles. [Coates’] meticulously researched book not only tells you which wines and vintages thrill him—and he's tasted them all—but also assesses even the most obscure chateau and includes maps, facts and figures about each appellation."—Ted Loos Town & Country
"While many books and periodicals give similar information on Bordeaux wines, their history, their sources and style, I know of none in English that does the job so well as here."—Charles Sullivan, author of Zinfandel

"What other writer gives you the confidence that he truly knows each property, its terroir, its proprietor and its produce, and can give you a fresh and honest assessment?"—Hugh Johnson, coauthor of The World Atlas of Wine

James Beard Foundation Awards, James Beard Foundation

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