Everyone wine lover needs one shelf full of thick books about wine, and fans of France’s best region — depending on who you ask — won’t do much better than Camillo Favaro and Giampaolo Gravina’s Wines and Vineyards of Burgundy on that front.
This dense and extensive tome — over 500 pages in length — is a reference book foremost, filled with information about the geography and geology of the region, villages and appellations, and plenty of photography of same. The bulk of the text comprises tasting notes for specific producers and their wines — specifically the 2015 vintage. Some 800 wines are reviewed in the book; if there’s a 2015 Burgundy you want to know about that’s not covered here, it probably doesn’t exist.
Don’t miss the section “tips from the vignerons,” in which various winemakers talk about their favorite places in the region — little secrets throughout Burgundy that no guide book or Tripadvisor comment will ever tell you about. If you’re planning a trip to the region, it’s a must-buy for this section alone. As well, beautiful color maps also let you drill down in each region to the vineyard level. Nerd out, my Burgundy dudes.
Oddly, the only place you seem to be able to get the book is here.
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