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Côte D'Or: A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy Hardcover – September 1, 1997

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"A fascinating and exhaustive look at France's most celebrated piece of real estate....Coates, who did an award-winning job in his last book, on Bordeaux, turns his considerable scholarship, wit and savvy, without pulling punches, on a region too often restrained by tradition yet driven by commercialism. A requisite book for the wine lover." -- Mariani's Virtual Gourmet Newsletter

"Not only gives ample factual information about what is considered the greatest wine growing region in the world but is also filled with colorful history and anecdotes." -- Adventures in Dining

"This book is a celebration both enlightening and entertaining of one of the world's great wine regions." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch

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"Clive Coates is a thinker as well as a writer and taster of distinction. . . . For me, he is indispensable reading."—Hugh Johnson

"A master class in Burgundy, given by one of the world's foremost authorities. Coates, who clearly adores the region, knows Burgundy intimately. His evaluations of its wine producers are delightfully opinionated."—Jacqueline Friedrich, author of The Wines of France

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  • Hardcover: 1007 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520212517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520212510
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.1 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C. North on December 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent reference work for the serious amateur of Burgundy. The focus is very much on the top estates and domains of the Côte d'Or (Côte de Nuits & Côte de Beaune, as opposed to the Maconnais, Beaujolais, or Chablis -- all technically part of Burgundy in the French appellation system); while well organized and refreshingly jargon-free, debutants looking to ease themselves in to the most complicated wine region in the world might want to look elsewhere.
After living in Burgundy for six months, visiting almost 100 domains, and looking at just about every reviewer's notes, I trust Coates above anyone when it comes to Burgundy. He is a believer in terroir, and cares deeply about balance and finesse; those whose tastes track Parker's, who care most about extract, color, and power are probably looking at the wrong book. (They're looking in the wrong region, too -- and at the wrong varietal for that matter.)
This book is an absolutely essential part of every oenophile's library. Why only 4 stars? The reviews are somewhat out of date -- a problem for anyone with a relatively new wine drinking/collecting habit (latest vintage reviewed is 1996, I believe, and that one only briefly). Also, the tasting notes are not as comprehensive as one might wish -- Coates sometimes limits himself to notes from a single vertical tasting in a given vigneron's cellar.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alan S. Klee on January 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The author offers a comprehensive review of the history of the finest wine producing region in the province of Burgundy, France. The book not only provides a well written historical perspective of the evolution of the great wine growing in the Cote d'Or, but also a discussion of differences in terrior of each of the appellations. If you wondered what are the differences or similarities among Gevrey Chambertin, Vosne Romanee, Musigny, Volnay, etc., this is the book for you! Mr. Coates also provides very useful commentary about the leading domaines and negotiants within each appellation, including a very useful comparative analysis of the vintages through the early-1990's.
This book is a must for those who want to gain a greater knowledge of the Cote d'Or and the fabulous wines it produces. Very fine, indeed!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Yak on April 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The most recent and up to date definitive work on Burgundy! Clive Coates, in his sharp and wittily understated British style, has done it all! While coverage of the general and background aspects of Burgundy is not as superb as in Hanson's book, Coates survey of the producers and his countless tasting notes spanning the last 50 years(!) are by far the best of the lot. On top of dedicating at least a paragraph to every known and unknown producer, Mr. Coates gives us in-depth detailed 'profiles' of the best sixty domaines.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rick Gregory on December 23, 2000
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...this is it. Along with Remington Norman's Great Domaines of Burgundy, this is a must have reference book if you're serious about Burgundy. Coates understands Burgundy and covers it in considerable depth. No, you won't find tasting notes on every wine you look for, but you'll find quite a few. I find myself going back to this book regularly both for specific references and to refresh my knowledge.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Appleseed VINE VOICE on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Burgundy is one of the most difficult-to-grasp wine regions in the world. Many studies have been done on the soil, climate, wind direction, sun exposure, rainfall, etc., yet nobody really knows, yet, why one acre of Burgundy produces a certain kind of wine and the acre right next to it something different. Clive Coates book comes as close as humanly possible to explain it. He begins his sections with a "History" of the region, then continues with "Location", "Vineyard", and then defines and describes the wines made from the Grand Crus and the Premier Crus, recommending sources and also providing the size of each vineyard. Also, he covers vintages.

It's amazing how Coates takes such a difficult region and maps it out so succinctly for us. Far better effort than Parker's "Burgundy".
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