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Bordeaux, Burgundy: story of a rivalry

Bordeaux, Burgundy: story of a rivalry

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  • Publisher: Taillandier
  • French language
  • Publication date: 10/2016
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 12x18 cm
  • Weight: 300g
  • Format: soft cover
  • ISBN: 9791021021624


Bordeaux, Burgundy: two opposing civilizations, two rival ambitions to produce the best wines in the world. What is there in common between this rounded Burgundian and this Bordeaux, a refined grand bourgeois, if not their common passion for excellence. To heal this French divide, Jean-Robert Pitte mobilizes the entire cultural and economic history of the two vineyards and the companies that operate them.

Because quality has a history, and is not due to the physical terroir alone, as some like to assert. It is above all the fruit of the know-how developed over the centuries by these professionals without whom there would be no great wines, soil scientists, agronomists, biologists, oenologists, sommeliers, etc. These combined talents have always had the sole aim of satisfying the enlightened amateur. Today, international competition is calling into question the supremacy of French wines by attacking them in an area where they never thought they would be challenged: quality.

The wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy will only be able to continue to establish themselves on the international market by asserting their respective specificity, without giving in to the ease of a globalized taste.

The author:

President of the Geographical Society and the French Wine Academy, member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Jean-Robert Pitte is the author of numerous works on cultural history and geography. Among his latest publications, we can cite 'The Desire of Wine to Conquer the World' (2009), 'A European Family' (2011), the 'History of the French Landscape' (1983), 'Wine and the Divine' (2004) and 'Bordeaux-Bourgogne.
Rival Passions' (2007). For 30 years he has been carrying out extensive research on the geography of gastronomy and wine.

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