In this detailed study of the wines of France, one of the world's leading authorities on wine discusses every appellation and explains its character and the best growers. He uses a star system to identify the finest estates. More than 40 specially commissioned maps show the main appellations and wine villages of France.Alfred Gratien is by no means a large Champagne house but it is one of the very best and one of my favourites. ... is not put on the market until fully mature, the Vintage not until almost ten years alter the vintage, which virtually allows them (it they were permitted so to do) to call every vintage bottle R.D.! ... I find the wines of Piper-Heidsieck a bit green and find that they age less gracefully than the others. ... The vintage wine, despite its even higher price, is worth it, and it lasts and lasts.
|Title||:||An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France|
|Publisher||:||Univ of California Press - 2000|