When connoisseurs speak of wine as a long-term investment that can appreciate in gustatory (and monetary) value for decades, they usually refer to red Bordeaux, France's biggest and longest-lasting wine. But as the cachet of Bordeaux continues to attract legions of wine fanatics across the globe, the 90s have seen Bordeaux prices skyrocket. The importance of informed buying has never been more acute, and Parker's guide is simply the best available. Updated from the original 1985 edition, the third edition of Bordeaux is organized along the same lines as the region's wine classifications. After introducing the style, history, and techniques specific to each principal appellation, Parker discusses the featured châteaux in detail--from the techniques of the vintners to the peculiarities of the all-important terroir. Parker's ratings for the tasted vintages, based on the 100-point scale he popularized through The Wine Advocate, are the real crux of each winery's listing. Performing all his tastings in "single blind" style--where each wine is judged without knowledge of the price or producer, and only in context with similar wines--assures a measure of independence in the tastings. Big-name wines are often deflated, and many "also-rans" from the landmark quality classification of 1855 finally win their deserved recognition.
The third edition naturally highlights the series of (mostly good) vintages that Bordeaux has seen since the release of the second edition in 1991, but it also includes updated tasting notes on the vintners and vintages Parker has revisited since that time. His opinions command such worldwide attention that, given time, either your palate or your wallet is bound to benefit from keeping up with Parker's advice. --Todd Gehman
The Washington Post An ombudsman for the wine consumer. -- Review
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.
As a recent student of Bordeaux wines, I have bought and read over 20 books on the region,the chateaux and its wines. After spending over $1500 on books, for a mere $50 more I bought Parker's new edition of Bordeaux: A Comprehensive Guide to the Wines Produced from 1961 to 1997. It was so rich in detail and so interesting to read, I read it almost cover-to-cover, and I read some parts several times. For the wines I knew, Parker's great scoring approach, and detailed and dated tasting notes were "spot on." I became so confident in his judgement that I used his book to build a spreadsheet of the chateaux and wines, with year-by-year scores. From this spreadsheet and the book, I researched eight excellent wines and held a professionally led wine-tasting party with outstanding results. There, Parker's tasting notes came screaming out of the book and jumped into my glass as I joyfully smelled, tasted and experienced them. Since then I have acted on his advice by buying and drinking many of his recommended wines--all with similarly terrific results. I have become a real Parker fan and intend to buy everything he ever publishes, sight unseen. If, like me,you are a lover of great wines, especially Bordeaux, or want to be, you will simply adore this book.
This book is comprehensive and informative and should be added to the library of any serious wine lover. However, it is important to bear in mind that Robert Parker has very definite views on what a great Bordeaux wine should be! Wine, of course, is very much like art - the beauty is in the eye of the beholder! It goes without saying that if you enjoy your wines black and tannic and undrinkable for the first 15 years then Robert Parkers famous points system is for you! It is probably better to ignore his points system altogether as a wine with 85 points could well be vastly superior to a wine with 95 points , depending on whether you are looking for elegance rather than inky blackness. It is also worth noting that wines such as "Cantemerle" are sometimes penalized by Parker for being light coloured and elegant rather than a blockbuster heavy wine (such as Latour). Hachette produces a much better wine guide which presents a more balanced view on wine appreciation. It helps undo the damage which is rife in America - many wine consumers feel obliged to serve only wines with 90+ points , thereby missing out on an ocean of extemely delicious and elegant wines which Parker only rates with 85 points.Good drinking!
A thoroughly comprehensive work, seemingly the definitive current description of all Bordeaux's. More than just a frank rating by one of the world's wine experts, as Parker shares facts and opinions about the various chateaus and their progress, ups and downs, in producing fine wines. This is certainly an encyclopedic effort, and one truly feels that each and every chateau and its wine have been described in considerable detail. Someone not familiar with Parker might find it interesting that his ratings are often quoted in wine publications and at auctions to give readers somewhat of a guide as to the quality of an individual wine. This is not a book that rates all old wines. Parker tends to rate still drinkable old wines, and does go back, in many cases to the 60's, in a chronological order. He also has notes about "superb" ancient vintages, that goes beyond the chronological listings.
This book is the result of the most extensive bordeaux wine ( claret, white and sweet) tasting in record. All of the important chateaux are described in an objective and professional way. The 100 point system is the best aproach to evaluating wine. A few small properties should be included, but nothing is perfect anyway.I have over ten books covering this subject and not even all of them would equal the information contained in this book.
This is as comprehensive as any wine compendium comes. References can be found to just about anything you will come across, and certainly helps those who collect wine.The only complaint I have is that the old texts generally aren't updated. When a note dates from 1990 and says "should be cellared for 3 more years", does that mean 1993? Or should I take it as 3 years from the published edition date?Otherwise this is a great book and has helped me a lot as a novice.