Synopses & Reviews
Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve are French wine experts known all over the world by wine professionals and consumers alike. Now they bring their expertise to the English-speaking market in their encyclopedic Guide to the Wines of France.
This comprehensive buying guide is organized by region, including not only such celebrated areas as Burgundy and Bordeaux, but also lesser-known wine-making provinces such as Languedoc and Jura. Within each chapter, a complete picture of the region is presented through entries for individual wineries and detailed information about their wines; each wine is rated using the familiar 100-point scale. Written in clear, user-friendly language, the guide is accessible even to wine novices. Whether you're looking to stock your cellar or to expand your wine-tasting horizons, Bettane and Desseauve's Guide to the Wines of France is the oenophile's essential companion.
Praise for Bettane and Desseauve's Guide to the Wines of France:
“The definitive and encyclopedic work of two of the giants of wine journalism in France.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"If you have any interest in French wines-and you should-then there is no better single guide to that celebrated region than the encyclopedic Guide to the Wines of France . . . Kudos, too, to the publishers, who have delivered a book that is beautiful, easy to use, and feels like you're getting far more than your money's worth."
-The Austin Chronicle
“Destined to be on the shelf of every wine lover.”
invites readers into the homes of the winemakers who create some of the most popular and critically acclaimed wines in the world. The book features more than 70 legendary wineries, including Cheval Blanc, Grand Corbin, Angand#233;lus, and Magdeleine. Profiles describe the history, architecture, and wine of each chand#226;teau. In addition, interviews with the winemakers and a rich selection of photographs give readers a taste of the colorful environment where these superior wines are produced.
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and#8220;A gorgeous tour of the diverse region where the great Cheval Blanc, Angelus, Ausone, and more are made.and#8221; and#8212;Newsdayand#160;
and#8220;The accompanying interviews . . . literally bring the people who make some of the greatest wines in the world right to your fingertips.and#8221; and#8212;Washington Examiner
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and#8220;The photographs are so lovely that you almost smell the earth, the grapes, and the barrels.and#8221;
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In 1989, 26-year-old Michel Chapoutier took the reins of his familys legendary winegrowing estate in the Rhone Valley, and within a few years Chapoutier wines were regarded as among the best in the world. Today, extraordinary Chapoutier wines are produced not only in the Rhone Valley, but also in the Roussillon region of France and in Australia. This book explores the all-consuming passion of the winemaker, the saga of his house, and the nature of his wines. The book includes lush photographs of the Chapoutier family, vineyards, winemaking process, as well as tasting notes of all the Chapoutier vintages, with comments and analysis by French wine authorities Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, authors of Bettane and Desseauves Guide to the Wines of France.
Wine lovers appreciate not just the taste of wine and the pleasure it gives them, they also enjoy the lifestyle and culture associated with it and the values it conveys. Both a handbook and an illustrated history, this new guide offers all readersandmdash;from novice to professionalandmdash;the keys to fully appreciating Bordeaux wines and their rich culture. Explore the wine chandacirc;teaux, the Bordeaux wine trade, the art of wine blending, the rules of tasting, and the best food and wine pairings, as written by the world-renowned experts of the Bordeaux Wine School. This comprehensive guide to great wines, terroirs, and grape varieties includes a wealth of illustrationsandmdash;lush photographs as well as original drawings, maps, charts, tables, and diagrams (plus links to 40 instructive videos)andmdash;that make this book essential reading for all wine lovers.
At Chandacirc;teau Angandeacute;lus, in the heart of Saint-andEacute;milion in France, the vine and the wine are a religion, a passion shared by the Boanduuml;ard de Laforest family since 1782. Here is the story of the family, the land, and their exceptional wines. In 2012, Chandacirc;teau Angandeacute;lus was promoted to Premier Grand Cru classandeacute; andldquo;A,andrdquo; today, the winery itself is being reinvented: A new chandacirc;teau is being built using traditional artisan techniques, with a new bell tower made from the local limestone. With exceptional photographs of the vineyards, the winery, and the renovation and restoration of Chandacirc;teau Angandeacute;lus, this tale of great wine is brought to life.
About the Author
Michel Bettane has a PhD in classics and is one of the best-known wine tasters in the world. He taught at the Academie du Vin in Paris from 1977 to 1989, and joined the Revue du Vin de France
in the early 1980s. Thierry Desseauve is a journalist and lifelong wine lover. For many years he wrote for the Revue du Vin de France,
where he became editor in chief in 1989 and publisher in 1996.