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The Wines of Burgundy

The Wines of Burgundy

Clive Coates
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition: 1
Pages: 896
  • Book Info
    The Wines of Burgundy
    Book Description:

    Ten years after the publication of the highly acclaimed, award-winningCôte D'Or: A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy, the "Bible of Burgundy," Clive Coates now offers this thoroughly revised and updated sequel. This long-awaited work details all the major vintages from 2006 back to 1959 and includes thousands of recent tasting notes of the top wines. All-new chapters on Chablis and Côte Chalonnaise replace the previous volume's domaine profiles. Coates, a Master of Wine who has spent much of the last thirty years in Burgundy, considers it to be the most exciting, complex, and intractable wine region in the world, and the one most likely to yield fine wines of elegance and finesse. This book is an indispensable guide for amateur and professional alike by one of the world's leading wine experts, writing with his habitual expertise, lucidity, and unequaled firsthand knowledge.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-93360-6
    Subjects: Environmental Science

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. 1-36)

    TODAY’S CÔTE D’OR is the most exciting wine region in the world. There has been an explosion in quality over the last 25 years. The villages are vibrant with a new generation of qualified, talented, committed men and women, infinitely curious about all the wines of the world, willing and able to share their experience and expertise with their neighbours and to taste their wines one with another, and continually seeking to fine-tune their techniques of viticulture, vinification andélevagein order to further increase the quality of the bottles they are producing. There is one goal: perfection.

    Moreover, while...


    • Chablis
      (pp. 39-68)

      EQUIDISTANT BETWEEN Champagne, Sancerre at the eastern end of the Loire Valley and the Côte d’Or, the isolated region of Chablis lies on the banks of the small river Serein in the Yonnedépartement. A dozen kilometres away, the Paris-Lyonautoroutecuts a great concrete swathe through the fields of wheat, maize and pasture. Across theautorouteyou come to the busy city of Auxerre, dominated by its cathedral of Saint-Étienne.

      But Chablis lies in a backwater, on the road to nowhere of any importance. The town of the same name is sleepy and rural—hardly more, indeed, than a...

    • The Côte d’Or: THE CÔTE DE NUITS
      (pp. 69-170)

      The term Côte Dijonnaise applies to such vineyards as exist north of Marsannay in what are now the Dijon suburbs. There have never been a great number of vines here, and of course there are now even fewer, as the city has expanded. But stubbornly, a few still exist.

      Anthony Hanson (Burgundy, 1995) has uncovered a grower called Jean Dubuis, at the Domaine de la Cras in Plombières-lès-Dijon, which is north of the river Ouche. A couple of kilometres further on, in Daix, the Mortet family of Gevrey owns land, and both the late Denis’s estate and his brother Thierry...

    • The Côte d’Or: THE CÔTE DE BEAUNE
      (pp. 171-290)

      Unlike the Côte-de-Nuits-Villages, the Côte-de-Beaune Villages is not aterroir-specific appellation. The Nuits wines come from either the Fixin/Brochon area or from Prémeaux-Prissey, Comblanchien and Corgoloin. Production is in small quantities, and the source is simply the vineyards which are marginally beyond the pale.

      Côte-de-Beaune Villages can come from any one, or a combination, of fifteencommunesand appellations from Ladoix to Maranges. These are Auxey-Duresses, Blagny, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chorey-lès-Beaune, Côtede Beaune, Ladoix, Meursault, Monthelie, Pernand-Vergelesses, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Saint-Romain, Santenay, Savigny-lès-Beaune and Maranges (i.e., all thecommunesexcept Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard and Volnay).

      While domaine-bottling growers use the appellation mainly for...

    • The Côte Chalonnaise
      (pp. 291-310)

      THE CÔTE CHALONNAISE, or Région de Mercurey, to give it its alternative name, has long been a well-known “forgotten area,” though this may seem paradoxical. While everyone acknowledges that it is worth investigating, few merchants bother to go prospecting. There are many well-known growers whose wines are hardly ever exported.

      The Côte Chalonnaise begins at the southern tip of the Côte de Beaune but on a different ridge of hills slightly to the east. The vineyards lie on the most favoured parts of a series of hummocky slopes, roughly following the line of the D981 road which runs due south...


    • Vintage Assessments
      (pp. 313-822)

      WHEN I FIRST STARTED to planCôte d’Or, it became obvious to me that in at least one respect it would have to be radically different from my books on Bordeaux. In Bordeaux there are approximately 150 châteaux ofcru classéquality. Apart from the Graves, each produces a singlegrand vin. Moreover, quantities are large. It is therefore not too difficult to assemble a representative selection, taste them in one or two or three sessions and base a vintage assessment on the results. Additionally, elsewhere in these books, the very same wines had been vertically sampled.

      Burgundy, obviously, is...

    • MAPS
      (pp. None)
  7. 2007 Vintage Assessment: A PRELIMINARY REPORT
    (pp. 823-824)
  8. Appendix One: RATING THE VINTAGES (out of 20)
    (pp. 825-826)
    (pp. 827-828)
    (pp. 829-834)
  11. Appendix Four: CÔTE D’OR: THE SIZE OF THE CROP (in hectolitres, excluding generic wine)
    (pp. 835-840)
  12. Appendix Five: CÔTE D’OR SURFACE AREAS: A SUMMARY (in hectares, excluding generic wines)
    (pp. 841-842)
  13. Appendix Six: PRICE MOVEMENTS
    (pp. 843-848)
    (pp. 849-850)
  15. Bibliography
    (pp. 851-854)
  16. INDEX
    (pp. 855-878)
  17. Back Matter
    (pp. 879-882)