- Print Length: 1274 Pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: February 5, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009CEQEFU
- ISBN-10: 0743229460
- ISBN-13: 978-0743229463
- File Format: EPUB
I consider the latest iteration of Parker’s Bordeaux book to be the best on the subject. While I do not agree with Parker or just about anyone else regarding the rating of Italian wines, Parker is right on target in his ratings for Bordeaux.
I find it interesting that Parker is a fan of the rich and opulent micro wines coming out of Pomerol and St. Emilion. There are strict Bordeaux traditionalists that don’t care for these wines. I think they are great and usually agree with Parker. They simply add another dimension to the many styles of wine being made in the greatest wine producing area of the world.
Parker is extremely consistent and the only other taster that comes close is Stephen Tanzer. The Wine Spectator and James Suckling are pretty good, although I think they overrate too many wines in subpar vintages. Ironically, Spectator is not as big a fan of the decadent wines Parker likes from the right bank.
With this fourth edition of the classic that launched his career, Parker strives to maintain his unprecedented independence, objectivity, clarity, and enthusiasm in reporting on the vintages of Bordeaux.
Parker has not only added tastings for the vintages in the intervening years since the last edition, but he has also retasted and reevaluated a majority of the earlier vintages. His accessible and direct style welcomes both the seasoned wine collector and the eager beginner to the pleasures of fine wine and France’s most illustrious chateau.
Organized by appellation, Bordeaux moves alphabetically from one producer to the next, providing essential information and an overview of the property and its owners. Parker then lists each vintage, and includes numerical ratings and detailed tasting notes for most of that chateau’s wines. At the end of each tasting note, Parker estimates the “anticipated maturity”—the range of time when the wine should peak in flavor and balance—and each entry concludes with a summary of the chateau’s earlier vintages. Hailed by The New York Times as “the critic who matters most,” Robert Parker’s Bordeaux is the most complete consumer’s guide to the wines of Bordeaux ever written.