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5.0 von 5 Sternen A different look at the wines of France, 6. November 1999
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David M. Jacobi (Bainbridge Island, Washington) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
My shelves groan beneath the weight of scores of new and ancient volumes on French wine, and glitzy new volumes come and go from the catalogs every year -- but this one is somewhat unique among them. James Wilson is a geologist. He also loves French wine. Put the two together and you get this fascinating book about the geology, climate and viticulture of the major wine regions of France, all the way from Alsace to Languedoc. Filled with maps, photos and cross-sections, the book gives you an excellent visual picture of the topography and geology of the great (and not so great) vineyards. There is a glossary of terms for the geologically impaired, although you might still want to run out and get a basic geology text or dictionary to help you slog through the thicker parts of this book. Persevere, and you will gain a deeper understanding of the ways the ineffable term 'terroir' can account for the very different characteristics of wines from vineyards that may be no more than a stone's throw from one another. The same 'terroir' concept explains why the wines of the Loire, Rhone, Champagne, and all of the other major French viticultural regions have evolved as they have -- and why sacrificing their uniqueness to a homogenized 'international style' would be such a tremendous loss. If you love wine, this book will grab your attention.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A geologist's opinion, 18. Mai 2000
I guess I was already a believer when I ordered the book, but reading it has confirmed my suspicions that terroir is a very real contributor to what makes a good vineyard capable of producing a great wine. Wilson idolizes the vigneron, and in many ways the human touch is a part of terroir, as much as the soil profile, the microclimate etc.
The graphics and sidebars in this book are superb. As a practising geologist I appreciate the details but feel confident that a layman will find the book just as interesting and informative. Wilson has a sense of purpose, a sense of humor and a sense of history which all in all provide for a good read.
He has inspired me to make a study of the terroirs of Texas viticulture but I doubt if the results would ever be published in such a fine form as this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A true classic for the vinophile, 26. April 2000
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If you feel that the idea of "Terroir", i.e., that the land influences the wine in such a way that it can be distinguished by taste, is foolish, read this book. The best familiar case to Americans would be Diamond Creek Vineyards. In just one small valley with four distinct microclimates, four completely different Cabernet Sauvignons result. Although the French believe this more than most Americans, that view is beginning to change - i.e., a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is noticeably different than an Oregon Pinot Noir.
This book will convince you. Terroir is real, not simply something an aesthete would appreciate.
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