A Consumer's Guide to the World's Finest Wines

By Robert M Parker

Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9780743229463, 1264pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 2003


Wine drinkers around the world refer to Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s Bordeaux simply as "The Bible."

First published in 1985, this landmark consumer guide launched one of the most illustrious careers in wine criticism. Robert Parker's mission, in his newsletter The Wine Advocate and his many bestselling books, has always been to give wine drinkers honest, informed advice about which wines are worth their money, and which wines aren't.

The fourth edition of Bordeaux presents a complete guide to vintages between 1961 and 2001. This latest volume brings readers up-to-date on the abundance of new producers in France's most important wine region and for the first time includes more than 700 wine labels. Parker has retasted and reevaluated many of Bordeaux's finest wines -- and adjusted their ratings accordingly -- so readers of his previous editions will discover herein a wealth of new material.

Parker begins with an overview of each year, which includes insight into growing conditions and yields, notes on anticipated maturity, general price ranges, and lists of best wines. The heart of the book is the chapter "Evaluating the Wines of Bordeaux," in which he meticulously reviews wine producers of every appellation. Organized geographically, the chateaux are listed in alphabetical order, and entries include contact information, vineyard size, details about the wine-making style, and a general evaluation of the chateau's wines. Best of all, each entry includes extensive tasting notes on important vintages, all of them featuring Parker's celebrated rating system -- in which every wine is assessed on a scale ranging from 50 to 100. In later chapters, he also offers essential information about the elements of a great Bordeaux wine, practical travel information about the region, a glossary of wine terms, and more.

An invaluable guide for consumers, Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s Bordeaux provides all the information amateurs and connoisseurs alike could possibly need in their search for that perfect bottle.

About the Author

Robert M. Parker, Jr., has been the author and publisher of The Wine Advocate for over twenty-five years. He has won countless awards, including two of France's highest presidential honors: in 1993, President Francois Mitterrand pronounced him a Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Merite. In 1999, President Jacques Chirac signed a decree appointing Parker a Chevalier dans L'Ordre de la Legion d'Honneur, and in 2005, elevated his title to Officier. He is the author of many books about wine, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, The Wines of the Rhône Valley, and Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Patricia, his daughter, Maia, and numerous basset hounds and English bulldogs.

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Praise For Bordeaux

Newsweek Parker has revolutionized American wine criticism and...has brought [to it] the stringent standards of a fanatic, the high moral purpose of a reformer.

Los Angeles Times Parker is universally regarded as incorruptible and indefatigable.

Paul Levy The Observer Robert Parker is easily the single most influential person in the world of wine.

Jancis Robinson, M.W. The Sunday Times (London) Parker is the owner of one of the most feared, most exercised noses in the wine world. What distinguishes Parker from most wine writers is his absolute determination to pay his own way.

The Washington Post An ombudsman for the wine consumer.

The Sun (Baltimore) Parker is a revolutionary. More than any other person he led the overthrow of the old order in wine communication with its English-style reverence for tradition and incestuous ties to the wine trade. In its place he has helped create a uniquely American school of wine criticism -- inspired more by Ralph Nader.

International Herald Tribune Parker is the most influential commentator on wine.

Time The man with the paragon palate...For countless wine lovers, Robert Parker's tastes are infallible.

People The one voice of the wine world.