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Keevil, Susan

On Burgundy: From Maddening to Marvellous in 59 Tales

On Burgundy: From Maddening to Marvellous in 59 Tales

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Burgundy is France's most prized and prestigious wine region today as well as being one of its oldest and most traded, if not always by the English. Its wines, to quote Jay McInerney who contributes, are "for lovers, lunatics and poets..." and are the textbook definition of what terroir is all about. Villages mere meters apart produce wines of startlingly different personalities, and it is one of the rare regions in Europe whose red and white wines are equally celebrated. For all of its precious history it is also a region at the forefront of vinous innovation, with many winemakers certified as biodynamic. It is home to some of the world's most famous wine estates, and its top wines are all made from just one red and one white grape, yet the range of wine styles across the region, from Chablis in the north to Beaujolais in the south is significant. On Burgundy explores all of these themes and ideas with contributions from many of the world's top wine writers, looking at the kings, popes, mavericks and pioneers who have made wine in this region for generations.

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Susan Keevil's "On Burgundy" takes readers on a captivating journey through one of France's most famous wine regions, offering a rich blend of history, culture, and personal experiences. This beautifully written travel memoir paints a vivid picture of Burgundy, its landscapes, vineyards, and the people who call it home.

At its core, "On Burgundy" is a celebration of the author's deep love and appreciation for the region's wines and traditions. Keevil's passion shines through on every page as she immerses herself in the world of Burgundian winemaking, exploring the terroir, meeting winemakers, and savoring the fruits of their labor. Her descriptions of the wines are both poetic and educational, making this book a treat for wine enthusiasts.

Keevil's writing style is lyrical and evocative, transporting readers to the picturesque villages, rolling vineyards, and charming cellars of Burgundy. Her ability to convey the sensory experience of wine tasting, from the aromas to the flavors, is nothing short of enchanting. It's clear that the author has a deep appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship that go into producing the region's renowned wines.

The book also weaves in historical and cultural insights, providing context for the significance of Burgundy's wine industry. Keevil shares fascinating anecdotes about the region's past, its traditions, and the challenges faced by winemakers over the years. These elements add depth and richness to the narrative, making it not just a travelogue but also a cultural exploration.

While "On Burgundy" is a beautifully written and engaging book, some readers may find that it lacks a certain level of detail about the practical aspects of visiting the region. Those looking for a comprehensive travel guide with specific recommendations for accommodations, restaurants, and wineries may need to supplement their reading with additional resources.

In conclusion, "On Burgundy" by Susan Keevil is a lyrical and immersive journey through one of France's most iconic wine regions. It is a book that will resonate deeply with wine lovers, offering a sensory experience of the wines and landscapes of Burgundy. Keevil's passion for the subject matter is evident, and her writing beautifully captures the essence of the region. While it may not be a comprehensive travel guide, it is a delightful and insightful read that will leave you yearning to explore Burgundy's wine country for yourself.