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Bordeaux/Burgundy By Jean-Robert Pitte

Bordeaux/Burgundy
by Jean-Robert Pitte

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Offers an exploration of the land, people, and wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. This title presents the key role played by medieval monks, dukes, and peasant vignerons in building their respective reputations and in creating the rivalry between bourgeois Bordeaux and earthy Burgundy.
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Bordeaux/Burgundy: A Vintage Rivalry by Jean-Robert Pitte

Seeking to penetrate the mysteries of two great wine regions - "two opposite civilizations, two distinct ways of feeling" - Jean-Robert Pitte embarks upon an evocative and fascinating exploration of the land, people, and wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. His account is a rich tapestry of terroir, history, culture, and economics from Roman to modern times. The unique qualities of the wines of each region, Pitte believes, cannot be entirely explained by the differences in their physical environments: they have social origins as well. Beginning with an entertaining look at the remarkable variety of insults exchanged by partisans of the two regions, Pitte delves into the key role played by medieval monks, dukes, and peasant vignerons in building their respective reputations and in creating the rivalry between bourgeois Bordeaux and earthy Burgundy that we know today. His sparkling, fair-minded narrative, engaging the senses and the mind alike, conveys a deep appreciation of two incomparable winegrowing cultures, united despite their differences by a common ambition to produce the best wines in the world.

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Bordeaux/Burgundy Reviews


"Pitte, a specialist in wine geographies, relates a long and fierce oenophile war in this charming history." New Yorker "Full of fascinating digressions into the history of the wines, the areas, and the people." Art Info Brilliant The Guardian "Whatever you may know about these two great wine regions, you'll learn something new." Decanter "History buffs will especially savor Pitte's extensive report on France's most legendary wine regions." The Bloomsbury Review

About Jean-Robert Pitte


Jean-Robert Pitte is professor of geography and president of the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne. He is the author or editor of twelve previous books, including French Gastronomy and History of the French Landscape.

Table of Contents


List of Maps Preface to the American Edition 1. Weighing the Evidence 2. Markets and Consumers 3. The Physical Environment 4. Incomparable Wines Conclusion. Farewell to Parochialism Notes Bibliography Index

Additional information

GOR009681856
Bordeaux/Burgundy: A Vintage Rivalry by Jean-Robert Pitte
Jean-Robert Pitte
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
2012-07-17
268
0520274555
9780520274556
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