Côte d'Or

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Côte d'Or

The wines and winemakers of the heart of Burgundy

By: Raymond Blake

Publication date: September 2017
ISBN-13 (print): 9781908984920
ISBN-13 (e-book): 9781910902509

Côte-d'Or is small but its influence is huge and it can even strike terror into the heart of wine professionals. It’s an intimidating terroir but Raymond Blake’s companionable Côte-d'Or paints a complete picture of life there – the history, the culture, the people, the place, the geography and the climate – making it easy for readers to understand this complex region.

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The Côte d’Or may be small in size but its influence is huge and its reputation alone can intimidate even the most seasoned wine professional. Divided into two halves, the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, it is little more than a 30-mile stretch of vineyard but some of the world’s best known – and most expensive – wines are produced here. Of all the world’s wine regions it is here that terroir pushes itself to the fore, explaining the eye-watering prices paid for even the most modest parcels of vineyard.
Raymond Blake’s companionable Côte d’Or demystifies this notoriously complicated region, explaining succinctly the history of winemaking in this part of Burgundy, the complexity of the subdivided vineyards and the special role played by geology and climate in the creation of these wines. Visiting a selection of notable producers, Blake provides his take on each, along with a suggestion of that winemaker’s most distinctive or interesting wine for readers to try. After a rundown of the characteristics of each vintage from the last thirty years, and notes on some outstanding earlier vintages, Blake considers what the future might hold for the côte, including the challenges posed by premature oxidation, extreme weather and world events. He ends the book by providing some ideas to help those planning a trip to the region get the most out of their visit.
This fresh take on one of the world’s most influential wine regions is an essential addition to the library of any burgundy enthusiast.

Pages: 292
Language: English
Publisher: Infinite Ideas Ltd
Edition: 1
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Raymond Blake

Raymond Blake is one of Ireland’s leading wine writers. His enthusiasm for wine is boundless and as an independent voice his judgement and opinions are widely respected. He is wine editor of the highly regarded Food & Wine Magazine, a position he has held since its launch in 1997. As such his travels take him to most of the far-flung corners of the wine world, though his spiritual home is Burgundy. He writes for numerous other publications and is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. In 2006 he was inducted as a Chevalier du Tastevin in Burgundy – at the same time as he and his wife bought a house in Côte d’Or.