Oz Clarke's Bordeaux: The Wines, the Vineyards, the Winemakers

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Bordeaux has always been the center of attention in the wine world, with some of the greatest wines, the most historic châteaux, and the highest level of glamour and prestige. And, despite increasing competition from new classic wine areas around the world, it still accounts for more than 90 percent of global wine futures and auction markets.

In his trademark A-to-Z format, Oz profiles more than three hundred of Bordeaux’s most important châteaux as well as their second wines and discount brands, and recommends and describes hundreds of other châteaux. With color photos, wine labels, charts, and maps throughout, this volume covers each of Bordeaux’s subregions in sumptuous detail—fully exploring the area’s history, geography, soils, and grape varieties.

Oz is at his witty, incisive best on this region, which he has both championed and challenged for years. With his vivid descriptions of the area as well as his knowledge of classic and best-value wines, this is an essential book for all lovers of Bordeaux wine.

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Oz Clarke has always loved the Bordeaux region and its wines. Home of the most famous wine châteaux in the world – Latour, Lafite, Margaux, Petrus, Yquem -- Bordeaux is at the center of attention in the wine world. Creating some of the world’s greatest Cabernets and Merlots, Bordeaux produces more wine than Australia and accounts for over 90 percent of global wine futures and auction markets. With a rich spectrum that ranges from world-famous producers to peasant winemakers, Bordeaux is where any winemaker aspiring to greatness looks for inspiration.

In this new guide, Oz Clarke has created the essential book for all lovers of Bordeaux wine. He discusses wines at every level: from the truly great classics commanding legendary prices to everyday wines that can offer quality as well as value for the money. He has recently tasted thousands of wines to bring you Bordeaux’s best buys for any budget or preferred style.

Beautifully produced with many commissioned color photographs, labels, and maturity and vintage charts, Oz Clarke’s Bordeaux also includes stunning panoramic maps of Bordeaux’s top vineyard areas that show the precise location of individual châteaux.

Returning to his wine roots, Oz Clarke shows that however much we now appreciate wine from all over the world, there is still nothing quite as magical as the best bottles from the best producers in this ancient and glamorous wine region.

From the Back Cover:

"I am a huge admirer of Oz Clarke. His enthusiasm is infectious, yet behind the fun is serious expertise. Bordeaux, the greatest of all the classic wine regions, could do with a breath of fresh air. Oz is the chap to do it." -- Michael Broadbent, author of Michael Broadbent’s Vintage Wine
The champion of the modern turns back to the heart of the old world —and delivers an essential book for all lovers of Bordeaux wine.

Oz Clarke at his witty, incisive best on a region he has both championed and challenged for years.

Over 300 profiles of Bordeaux’s most important wine châteaux along with wine labels, tasting notes, and best vintage recommendations.

Evocative descriptions of each of Bordeaux’s famous wine sub-regions (including Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Margaux, and Pauillac), as well as less well-known up-and-coming areas. With regional maps and lively text covering history, geography, climate, soils, grape varieties, and Oz’s specific drinking recommendations for each area.

Best buys from the châteaux, recommended by style and price, including the ‘second’ wines of top châteaux.

Up-to-date vintage information and advice on when to drink the wines.

What to do when you visit Bordeaux – tips on where to learn about, taste, and buy wine; guides to local markets with recommendations for what and where to eat.
 

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