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Wines of France, by Benjamin Lewin MW

Wines of France, by Benjamin Lewin MW


Hardback – 261 x 187 mm – 680 pages

1260 illustrations, diagrams and maps

Wines of France provides a comprehensive account of the vineyards and wines of France today. Extensively illustrated with photographs and maps of each area, it reviews wine production in all regions of France, from the top appellation wines to discoveries in Vins de France. From the classics of Burgundy and Bordeaux, to the sparkling wines of Champagne, and the challenging climates of Alsace and the Loire, from the Rhone to the Languedoc and Provence, all of France’s wine regions are included. Each chapter ends with detailed vintage information. Considering the tension between tradition and modernism, Wines of France asks whether France is still the essential reference point for grape varieties and wine styles, explains how production is changing in established regions, and identifies new emerging regions.

Leading vineyards and winemakers are profiled in detail, with suggestions for wines to try and vineyards to visit. With comprehensive coverage of the wine-producing regions, and extensive reviews of 500 wine producers, this is the indispensable guide to the wines of France.

This, surely, must be the Bible of French Wine.

In all respects this is an admirable introduction to French wine, taking the place of Clive Coates MW’s magisterial study of the subject 15 years ago.

The most riveting, richest wine book of the year. Please buy this book, and tell all your wine-loving friends to buy it.
Jancis Robinson, Financial Times

There’s something retro about this book, in the best sense. It reads more like something from Hugh Johnson or André Simon than a slapdash quickie from today.
Steve Heimoff

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