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The Finest Wines of Burgundy: A Guide to the Best Producers of the Côte D'Or and Their Wines (The World's Finest Wines) Flexibound – February 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: The World's Finest Wines (Book 6)
  • Flexibound: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (February 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520272013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520272019
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Even if you have a passing interest in Burgundy, buy Bill's book' www.wineanorak.com 'The real joy of these books is that they are approachable in their size and the photographs, usually of the proprietors of various domaines, are so stunning that they make the words come alive' Yorkshire Evening Post This is the land of exquisite Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and its leading producers are individually profiled with charming photographs by Jon Wyand. The Scotsman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Bill Nanson is a chemist by profession, with no connection to the wine trade. For more than 15 years, he has made frequent visits to Burgundy, where he regularly works the vintage. He publishes the Burgundy-Report website, a respected source of independent comment.
Jon Wyand is a professional photographer who has specialized in wine for more than 30 years. His work appears frequently in The World of Fine Wine magazine.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chris on August 26, 2012
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Reasons to buy this book ...
- Introductory material on burgundy ... region, grapes, wine making ... is succinct and well written
- Good summaries of producers. Good summaries of each of the types of wines (e.g. meursault, puligny) albeit with some extra 'color' that most wine collectors won't care about.
- Author's impressions on the wines, young/old - quality, taste impressions, maturity.
- Some information on the vineyards (not to be confused with the comprehensive data found in Clive Coates "The Wines of Burgundy" or Matt Kramer's "Making Sense of Burgundy" (wish Kramer would update and reissue) which I presume is current.
- Up to date contact data, websites, phone numbers.
- Puts the wine critics in perspective (Parker, et al) in promoting some producers over others (however, fails to acknowledge the value provided to the public through their tasting expertise ... WS, Meadows, Tanzer, J Robinson, and Parker (Neal Martin ... great palate). Comment ... it's all in the tasting notes, Bill Nanson ... not the score ... and it's all in understanding the critic's biases.
- Not a fluff book. This is real guide to select burgundy producers. There is a bibliography, somewhat limited in scope.

Shortcomings the Burgundy lover may find disconcerting ...
- Maps are cartoon like, of limited use (buy The World Atlas of Wine or Hachette Atlas).
- Choice of 100 top producers (and wines of top producers) follow author's biases, with marked differences from wine 'experts' and what I might choose, the benefit of being the author :-) This extends to the best domaines, best winemakers, etc. Some of the choices seem idiosyncratic or out of date. For example, inexplicably missing among producers/winemakers to name a few who might be considered ...
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Axel Axel on February 9, 2012
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Cover of US edition of Bill Nanson Burgundy book, just got it! (supposedly Feb. 13th US publication). Love the Fine Wine series format, very handy, great photos, useful producer profiles. First time I've seen David Clark properly profiled, and new stuff like Duc de Magenta, Sylvain Pataille, etc. Tho I may have a quarrel on the Finest 100 list :) Highly recommended
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WorldMusicMan on May 10, 2013
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For those who love the wines of Burgundy, Bill Nanson and his really terrific photographer have put together a series of articles on some of the best domains in Burgundy with great & truly revealing photos of the wine makers If you love Burgundy you will greatly enjoy this book.
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