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By Tom Stevenson

Ideal for beginners, wine lovers, or specialists, this book's easy-to-use variety and functional recommendation make it an unmatched visible reference. up to date and accelerated with the newest details on the entire wine-producing components of the area.

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It is invaluable in Bordeaux, bringing fruity lusciousness and a velvet quality to wines that might otherwise be rather hard and austere. It is the chief grape in Château Pétrus, which is the top name in Pomerol. PETIT VERDOT A grape that has been used to good effect in Bordeaux because it is a late ripener, bringing acidity to the overall balance of a wine. Certain modern techniques of viticulture and vinification have rendered it less valuable, which might prove to be a pity, because it also produces a characterful, long-lived, and tannic wine when it is sufficiently ripe.

Vosges deserves to receive greater recognition. TRONÇAIS Quercus sessilis BALKAN Quercus robur The tightest-grained and, with Vosges, the highest tannin content, Tronçais grows in the Allier forest. It is highly suitable for long-term maturation, owing to its understated aromatics, and has been long sought after. Often called Slavonian or Yugoslav oak, the grain is tight, with medium tannin and low aromatics. Balkan oak is popular for large oval casks, particularly in Italy. Use is diminishing because of recent troubles.

Meanwhile the thin-skinned Sémillon produces a rather neutral wine, although its thin skin makes it susceptible to noble rot and is thus capable of producing one of the world’s greatest botrytized sweet wines, with mind-blowing aromatics. SKIN COLOR AND THICKNESS A dark-colored, thick-skinned grape, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, produces very deep-colored wines, while the lighter-colored, thinskinned grapes, such as Merlot, produce a less intense color. V ITIS PHYLLOXERA VASTATRIX—PEST OR BLESSING?

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