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Bordeaux: The Wines, The Vineyards, The Winemakers Hardcover – June 5, 2012

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"I admire the energy which comes from every page, the enormous feeling of discovery which Clarke always generates, and which makes him such a fine advocate for wine."--Wine magazine
"Clarke's style provides an easy read: Sharp without being sarcastic, witty without being flippant, he communicates well with novice and knowledgeable wine enthusiasts alike."--Wine Enthusiast

 

About the Author

Renowned for his phenomenal palate, accurate predictions, and enthusiasm, Oz Clarke is Britain's best-known wine writer and the author of a collection of bestselling wine books. He has won all the top wine-writing prizes, both in the UK and the US, including the Lanson Special Millennium Award for his outstanding contribution to wine communication and education and the prestigious International Wine and Spirit drinks Communicator of the Year Award.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Epicure (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402797060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402797064
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had previously enjoyed Robert Parker's Bordeaux opus, but it is sorely in need of an update, so I decided to give Oz Clarke's new book (published in 2012) a try. I'm impressed. His writing is eloquent, entertaining, and informative, and the book is a welcome companion to the recent great vintages that are just now reaching consumers.

There are a few key differences between Clarke's approach and Parker's. Clarke focuses on the region first, specific chateaux second, and specific vintages hardly at all. If you don't yet understand the difference between the Medoc, Graves, and St. Emilion, you will after reading this volume. In addition, Clarke's book is beautifully printed and illustrated in color, with detailed maps and high quality photos. Another difference is that Clarke doesn't believe in numerical scores and barely touches on specific vintages. As for which chateaux to seek out, he focuses mainly on the "affordable" (not cheap) end of the market -- wines priced between $15 and $100 -- rather than the classified growths. The only thing missing is more detail about which vintages of specific wines to seek out or avoid. It seems he may have pulled his punches to avoid alienating the Bordeaux establishment.
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A sumptuous book. Lavishly illustrated, when I first received it, I was slightly turned off, I thought I had bought a coffee table book. But is is not . It is instead well written and examines the Bordeaux wines exhaustively, from the famous grand crus to the promising new arrivals. The author admits he grew up (like we all did) admiring the Medoc and Haut -Medoc wines, but admits it was a mistake and t hat the best wines from the Right Bank are just as enjoyable as the most severe from the Left Bank. But whatever... whether it is Chateau Margaux or Chateau Petrus, they are all treated in detail. If he wants to decrease the price of the book, some of the pictures (not the maps) are excessive, but I enjoyed the book as it is.. I recommend it very highly, like the Frankel's book I reviewed previously..
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What a great book for Bordeaux wine lovers or people that want to learn more about this region. It is very detailed and provides a lot of useful information about the various wines in the area. Especially when you are looking at whether to buy/keep certain wines. Oz Clarke knows his stuff and writes really well!!
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Of all the top tier writers about wine today, Oz Carke is to my mind one of the best. His writing is conversational and approachable (unlike so many others) and his knowledge of the subject is superb. If you love the wines of Bordeaux or are planning on traveling to the area, get this book!
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Fun to read. Love the personal touch in the writing and tips. Great overview of the region and its producers and wines.
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This is the textbook for my UCLA extension class on Bordeaux, but it is an easy read due to his "folksy" style, and jam-packed full of knowledgeable commentary on the regions and chateaux. This man truly knows and loves his subject and all of that excitement comes through. I'm sure I will be referencing this book for many years to come.
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If you are a lover of Bordeaux wines, then this book is definitely for you. Not only is there a great deal of history but there is also an
A-Z guide for the Left bank and Right bank with each winery listed. Great photography and good layout.
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An excellent overall book that complements other notable works on this region. Good up-to-date information, with well selected illustrations.
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