Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781913141530

Publication Date: 18 September, 2023

Pages: 280

On Burgundy

From Maddening to Marvellous in 59 Wine Tales

compiled by Susan Keevil


‘This book adds another tasty morsel to the Burgundian feast.’
Jasper Morris MW

‘It should appeal to all wine lovers, the Burgundy enthusiasts of course, but also those who wish to discover this intriguing region. From novice to expert, there is something for everyone. Each page contains a fact, an idea or an image to taste and meditate on.’
Aubert de Villaine

FROM TEETH-GNASHING OUTRAGE to tonsil-tickling euphoria: burgundy can baffle with its unwillingness to charm in the glass, then dazzle and astound us when we catch it at its best. It is elusive yet addictive. Those who know burgundy frequently never love another wine – not least the authors and experts in this book, whose insights here embrace the two grapes (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), the two slopes (the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune) and the hillsides that surround this region. They answer the questions everyone asks: Why do these wines taste as good as they do? Who makes them this way? And, how is it that this celestial terroir came to the world’s attention in the first place?

• Bottled Alive! How the best burgundies are still living, breathing and evolving when they reach our glass…
• What is a Burgundian? Jasper Morris MW reveals the true character of this far from saintly bunch…
• A Delicate Topic in Burgundy: the truth about Burgundy’s historic frauds and fakes
• Can Good Burgundy ever be for Normal People? What chance is there for mere mortals when the A-listers and plutocrats snap up the best?
• Climate Change: will Burgundy see our children into the Future?
• Saints Preserve Us! The revolutionary growers who led Burgundy out of its Medieval slump…
• Of Montrachet and Moon Phases: the way Biodynamics has shaped Burgundy’s modern wines
• Wine Into Words: burgundy’s most beautiful, evocative descriptions from the hands of the master-scribes
• Analysis from Burgundy’s top commentators: Allen Meadows (aka the ‘Burghound’), Jasper Morris MW, Douglas Barzelay, Eric Asimov, Jay McInerney and Aubert de Villaine

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Additional information

Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 246 × 189 mm


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Susan Keevil started her life in wine as a ‘cellar rat’ cooling Chardonnays in Australia’s Hunter Valley, none of which prepared her for the world of book publishing back in the UK where she honed her wine knowledge working with Hugh Johnson on six editions of his international best-seller, the Pocket Wine Book. Susan then landed her dream job as editor of Decanter magazine (the path to many worldwide wine adventures) and later became author of the Which? Guide to Wine as well as a regular magazine columnist and contributor. The launch of the Académie du Vin Library in 2019 saw a return to specialist wine books for which Susan is a writer and Editorial Director.