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Newsweek Parker has revolutionized American wine criticism and...has brought [to it] the stringent standards of a fanatic, the high moral purpose of a reformer.

Los Angeles Times Parker is universally regarded as incorruptible and indefatigable.

Paul Levy The Observer Robert Parker is easily the single most influential person in the world of wine.

Jancis Robinson, M.W. The Sunday Times (London) Parker is the owner of one of the most feared, most exercised noses in the wine world. What distinguishes Parker from most wine writers is his absolute determination to pay his own way.

The Washington Post An ombudsman for the wine consumer.

The Sun (Baltimore) Parker is a revolutionary. More than any other person he led the overthrow of the old order in wine communication with its English-style reverence for tradition and incestuous ties to the wine trade. In its place he has helped create a uniquely American school of wine criticism -- inspired more by Ralph Nader.

International Herald Tribune Parker is the most influential commentator on wine.

Time The man with the paragon palate...For countless wine lovers, Robert Parker's tastes are infallible.

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About the Author

Robert M. Parker, Jr., has been the author and publisher of The Wine Advocate for more than twenty-five years. He has won countless awards, including two of France’s highest presidential honors: in 1993, President Francois Mitterrand pronounced him a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Merite. In 1999, President Jacques Chirac signed a decree appointing Parker a Chevalier dans L’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur, and in 2005, elevated his title to Officier. He is the author of many books about wine, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, The Wines of the Rhône Valley, and Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide. Visit the author online at www.eRobertParker.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1264 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 4 Rev Sub edition (October 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743229460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743229463
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert M. Parker, Jr., has been the author and publisher of The Wine Advocate for over twenty-five years. He has won countless awards, including two of France's highest presidential honors: in 1993, President Francois Mitterrand pronounced him a Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Merite. In 1999, President Jacques Chirac signed a decree appointing Parker a Chevalier dans L'Ordre de la Legion d'Honneur, and in 2005, elevated his title to Officier. He is the author of many books about wine, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, The Wines of the Rhône Valley, and Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Patricia, his daughter, Maia, and numerous basset hounds and English bulldogs.

Customer Reviews

Goes into great details for ALL Bordeaux wines.
Jack Sparrow
One might hope that a future edition would have them in colour rather than B&W. A minor carp!!
Pat
I consider the latest iteration of Parker's Bordeaux book to be the best on the subject.
Franken Sense

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Franken Sense on October 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I consider the latest iteration of Parker's Bordeaux book to be the best on the subject. While I do not agree with Parker or just about anyone else regarding the rating of Italian wines, Parker is right on target in his ratings for Bordeaux.

I find it interesting that Parker is a fan of the rich and opulent micro wines coming out of Pomerol and St. Emilion. There are strict Bordeaux traditionalists that don't care for these wines. I think they are great and usually agree with Parker. They simply add another dimension to the many styles of wine being made in the greatest wine producing area of the world.

Parker is extremely consistent and the only other taster that comes close is Stephen Tanzer. The Wine Spectator and James Suckling are pretty good, although I think they overrate too many wines in subpar vintages. Ironically, Spectator is not as big a fan of the decadent wines Parker likes from the right bank.

One caveat I have with the fourth addition is that useful tasting notes from some prior vintages for certain wines have been taken out and a handful of wines reviewed in the last version of the book are not even reviewed in this book. However, the book is still great if you're into Bordeaux.

Clive Coates's recent book on Bordeaux offers a good and interesting alternative, but it is not as complete nor does it have the depth of notes available from Parker.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie N on January 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just received this book for Christmas and it is already dog-eared. When many people think of Bordeaux they think of stratospherically priced wines. Actually for every $400 bottle of Chateau Latour 2000, there is a wonderful $25 bottle by an unsung producer. $25 may not be cheap, but if drinks like a $50 one I'm pretty happy. This book helps me find those lesser-known producers.
While Robert Parker certainly heaps praise on the most famous wines when they are worthy, he does not hesitate to criticize them when they fall short. He constantly points the readers to great values.
The book is organized by region and then by chateau. For many of the chateaux there is a copious amount of information: some history of the producer, a list of the wine's component grapes, and detailed descriptions of significant vintages for the last ten years.. Be sure to read the introductory sections for Parker's take on how richness of flavor is attained (strict pruning of vines, letting the fruit ripen, abstaining from filtering) and for much encouraging news about Bordeaux wine today. For one thing, he says that while the price gap between First Growths and unclassifieds can be great, never has the quality gap been so narrow. Great news for us bargain hunters !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe the Critic on November 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This review applies specifically to the Kindle edition.

The last time Robert Parker updated Bordeaux was for the 4th edition in 2003. It is a well written, informative book, but it is sadly out of date and little more than acuriosity for readers interested in the past 10 or so vintages. When the publisher created a Kindle version of the 2003 book,they apparently gave it a 2013 publication date. This is deceptive and misleading. This content appears to be from the 2003 edition, repackaged for Kindle, and therefore still badly out-dated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. D. Stuart on March 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As with many books on wines, this one is rapidly becoming our of date in that it goes no further than 2001. This means resorting to Wine Advocate, a quartely publication which means that researching more recent vintages becomes laborious. An enquiry as to the fifth edition produced a "not anticipated" response. The age of this edition also means that the older vintages from 1982 are becoming of less interest as a good many of these wines, particularly at the cru borgeois end and others are less available than they once were. Can Mr Parker not be persuaded to let us know when the next edition is likely to be.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Haught on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Recently I toured wineries in Bordeaux. Robert Parker's book is the indispensable guide to wineries in that region. He discusses each estate in detail and is quite frank in his reviews. He also recommended some hotels and restaurants, which proved to be excellent recommendations.
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Format: Hardcover
Parker's insight is penetrating, but he manages to maintain an epic perspective. Parker's passion for wine vertibly sparkles from every page. His views can be idiosyncratic and he is not afraid to critisized grand crus which no longer merit the title. But only a scholar with Parker's passion could amass this comprehensive resource. This book is full of history, reviews, vintage analysis and ratings of all the chateaux, whether grand cru classe or cru bourgeois. If you are casually interested in wine or not ready to start spending big money, then this will be too much information. Let's face it: Good Bordeaux is expensive, and the shear volume of Parker's resources will overwhelm the uncommitted. But if you are willing to invest the time and money, you could not start at a better place than Robert Parker's Bordeaux.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book was written in 2003.

I echo the comments of Joe the Critic in that the Product Detail on this book is very misleading. As copied from the web site it states:
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Rev/Ex/Upd edition (February 5, 2013)
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From this description it is pretty easy to believe that this edition was "revised/expanded/updated" in 2013. Nope! It was in 2003!

The latest vintage reviewed in this book is 2001, so unless you have no interest in the last 13 Bordeaux vintages I'd say save your money and pass on this purchase.
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