Legendary wine critic Hugh Johnson coauthors this history of the red and white wine estates of Bordeaux’s Grands Crus Classés, including a guide to the great vintages and an address book to the vineyards.
The landmark creation of the Grands Crus Classés in 1855 set the benchmark for wine quality; the sixty-one reds of the Médoc and twenty-seven whites of Sauternes are considered the finest wines in the world. The care that goes into the growing, cultivating, vinification, and aging of these exceptional wines is an art, and the picturesque domaines where this craft is perfected are as beautiful as their wines are refined.
Newly commissioned photographs capture the region throughout the seasons, and this handsome volume is both an important reference for any wine lover’s library as well as a glorious voyage inside the prestigious domaines. It is the ideal gift for wine aficionados everywhere.
Hugh Johnson is a world-famous wine expert and author of many wine books, including The World Atlas of Wine.
Franck Ferrand has published Bordeaux Châteaux: A History of the Grands Crus Classés, 1855–2005, Jacques Garcia: Decorating in the French Style, and Highland Living: Landscape, Style, and Traditions of Scotland.
Philippe Castéja is president of the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 and CEO of Borie-Manoux.
Guillaume de Laubier’s photographs have appeared in A Home in Paris, Highland Living, and Saint-Émilion.