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Grand Bordeaux Châteaux: Inside the Fine Wine Estates of France Book Review

grand-bordeaxu-chateau-inside-the-fine-wine-estates-of-franceThis grand, glossy and gorgeous book is the petite Bordeaux bible of finest wine estates by master of wines, Philippe Chaix.

Discover a dozen exceptional Bordeaux wine estates, complete with tasting notes from a renowned wine critic. From Lafite Rothschild to Angélus to Cheval Blanc, Bordeaux produces the world’s finest wines. In this gift volume with silver gilded pages, the histories of the wineries featured are completed with detailed tasting notes. JFK’s beloved Petrus—the world’s most expensive wine—emanates a balance of “dark fruits, black olives, dark chocolate, and earth.” Château Margaux—Thomas Jefferson’s favourite—still seduces with its “valentine of dark chocolate and roses melded with the aromatics of liquorice, blackberry, and cocoa.”

Esteemed architects reflect the elegant wines in the graceful lines of a dozen estates and cellars: Lord Norman Foster’s renovation preserves the neo-Palladian spirit of Château Margaux, Jacques Garcia softens Château Cos d’Estournel’s steel-and-glass winery with India-inspired decorative elements, and Jean Nouvel tucks a high-tech new winery inside La Dominique’s listed UNESCO World Heritage site.

Bordeaux wine lovers will adore this coffee table book. It’s big and heavy and feels grand like the subject matter. Full of fascinating facts about the chateaux, the wine, the makers and the area.  It’s definitely a connoisseur’s dream book.

It’s not cheap, rather like the best wines, the book, like those grand wines, is delicious and luxurious and one to keep.

Grand Bordeaux Châteaux: Inside the Fine Wine Estates of France. Published by Flammarion the list price is €60 – available from Amazon

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