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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Revised edition (May 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520250508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520250505
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A solid, in-depth reference on Burgundy — the best, in fact, since Mr. Coates’s own Côte d’Or. . . . An invaluable starting point. “
(New York Times 2008-05-21)

“Coates' magnum opus remains invaluable.”
(SF Chronicle 2008-05-16)

“The serious wine lover would be well advised to invest in this tome.”
(The Art Of Eating 2008-06-12)

“Resembles the elegant, complex wines that are its subject.”
(Bloomberg News 2008-06-17)

“I think my top 2008 recommendation as a reference book would be Clive Coates’ The Wines of Burgundy.”
(Jancis Robinson Jancisrobinson.com 2008-12-18)

“Highly recommended to anyone with even the slightest interest in Burgundy.”
(The World Of Fine Wine 2008-09-01)

“Now the comprehensive guide to Burgundy vintages dating from 1959 to 2006. “
(Library Journal 2008-06-15)

“A must-have for Burgundy lovers.”
(SF Chronicle 2008-11-28)

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"A master class in Burgundy, given by one of the world's foremost authorities." Jacqueline Friedrich, author of The Wines of France

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

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It is consisely written, yet very comprehensive.
D-Luv
This astounding book is required reading for all wine professionals, and highly desirable for anyone looking past the surface of Burgundy.
Tracy Cervellone
A good example is that there is a very detailed section on wines from Chablis.
Scott Farley

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Chambolle VINE VOICE on April 16, 2008
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If you go back and look at the reviews for the first edition of this book, "Cote d'Or," you will see I could not heap enough praise on it. I awaited this revision to see a compendium of Mr. Coates' tasting notes for the years beyond 1996, where the original volume dropped off. A lot has happened in Burgundy in a decade, and I expected to see Clive's typically insightful comments on the new wave of young winemakers, the effect of global warming, the continued move toward organic and biodynamic methods, the move away from exaggerated use of new oak and so on. And I really wanted to see which domaines might find their way for the first time into the extended section of detailed domaine profiles; what new tidbits of news would be included about the old standbys, and whether any would be pulled because Mr. Coates believes they have lost their touch.

Well, the first book was a tough act to follow, and I'm not yet convinced this one lives up to its promise. I may get more comfortable with the new version with time, but I think the decision to abandon the detailed profiles of key domaines that took up about 350 pages of the first edition was not merely bad judgment, but a fatal error.

The introductory section was and remains a nice, succinct overview. The section on Chablis seems quite perfunctory. Biss & Smith's "Wines of Chablis" (Writers International 2000) has more to offer, albeit it is not as up to date. The section on the Cote Chalonnaise is short but seems quite useful, and I know of no single volume in English devoted to it that would compete.

But all in all, it seems the Lord taketh more than he giveth back in this revision.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Axel Axel on May 12, 2008
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Clive Coates' previously published "Cote d'Or" is unsurpassed in its comprehensive research on Burgundy's vineyards, vintages, history, and profiles of Burgundy's domaines. He was a much younger man then, active in his profession and in better health, hence the gargantuan effort he poured into that epic volume is impossible to duplicate over a decade later by a man in retirement for several years now and in lesser health. I don't view his just published "The Wines of Burgundy" a "revised edition" as the subtitle states, but rather a sequel. In this sense he has published a fine volume that extends the reach of his first book on Burgundy. Both volumes should be on every Burgundy lover's desk.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mzzi on March 28, 2011
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Review itself isn't so much about the book, but is more a warning for those purchasing the kindle edition: it contains no images or maps! Especially when reading about Burgundy, this is sort of unforgivable!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MP55 on June 29, 2008
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I was eagerly awaiting Clive Coates update to the wines of burgundy as I love red burgundy in particular. I will say from the outset that it is quite different and not as monumental an effort as volume one but what a hard act to follow!It was good to have the tasting review update on the wines over the last 10 years as a reference as well as the vintage assessments but I have the impression that it takes up too much of the new volume and somehow detracts from it.I would have loved more details on the domaine profiles that he has upgraded or included for the first time,especially the younger vignerons e.g. Fourrier.It would have added so much to the book.There's something about the typesetting I don't like compared to the old volume but perhaps I'm being too picky.The colour maps are very good and better than the black and white ones of the first volume.Overall still worth getting to have as a reference for burgundy lovers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valjean on December 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am still in the process of reading this book, but I will say that hundreds of pages -- ok, half of the book -- could've been saved if the tasting notes would've been left out. There are simply too many notes on too many wines. Living in the age of the internet, including this sort of information in a hard copy book is somewhat pointless. It would've been better to create a web database with these tasting notes that can be accessed by the reader, if desired. Personally, I was looking for a good, thorough book on Burgundy, with it's regions, vineyards, winemaking styles, etc. This book has all of that. However, the inclusion of so many tasting notes is overwhelming and seems like filler at times. Just hit on a few of the top producers and leave it at that next time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sis_soft on May 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Burgundy is perhaps the most confusing wine region in the world. This book is THE BIBLE on burgundy. To anyone wanting to understand the differences between each climat or producer, this IS the book to read.

I find it pretty easy to read. Although one warning: This is not a book for the wine beginners. You'd be better off going for "Red and White" as an introduction, then THe World Altas of Wine as an intro to Burgundy (and other regions/countries) first. If you have conquered the burgundy section in the world altas and still yearns for more, this is the book to get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy S. Block on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Apart from being completely comprehensive in every way, shape and form, this book is so detailed, that it goes into great lengths to describe the terroirs between single premier cru sites and grand cru sites. You can literally know so much after reading and reading and readng it. My only complaint -- which is why it got 4 stars and not 5 -- is that Clive Coates has a ranking system for particular domaines and chateaus which is not very logical at times. Apart from giving way too much accolade for chumps like Joseph Drouhin and Louis Latour he gives no stars to great producers like Harmand Geoffroy, Louis Boillot and more. But, it is a must read regardless for anyone wanting to know Burgundy
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