& Rudd Press, 2010)
The latest, and possibly greatest work on the wines of Burgundy,
written by the literate and knowledgeable Jasper Morris.
is an important book. Jasper Morris is a wine merchant who has
specialized in the wines of Burgundy, and here he shares his
considerable expertise with us. But Jasper wears this knowledge
lightly, writing with a gentle sense of humour and candid
informality (e.g. 'Is this cutting edge, or are they out where the
buses don't run?' he asks of one grower's practices).
The book is quite
large, and although it is not from a recognized publisher (Jasper's
employers, Berry Bros & Rudd, have produced it themselves), it
is beautifully laid out - simple, attractive typography and design,
perfect-bound hardback with no dust-jacket, and colour maps.
very well, and although the book will mainly be bought by
knowledgeable wine lovers, there's enough explanation about Burgundy
in the brilliant introductory section that even relative novices
will find this work accessible.
The bulk of the
book focuses on the vineyards and producers in Burgundy. The
detailed maps are a great help here.
though, as I read I feel that Jasper is acting as my trusted guide
through the complexities of this wonderful region. I think he really
understands Burgundy - he 'gets' it - and this isn't always the case
with people who write on the subject.
It's not a cheap
book, but it's very good value for money.
available from BBR: http://www.bbr.com/about/inside-burgundy
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