Recommended Reading

Books are not listed in any particular order

(of course…) The Pearl of the Côte – The Great Wines of Vosne-Romanée (now available by ebook) by Allen Meadows, 2010,  – The reader will be guided on a captivating and richly detailed journey through Vosne-Romanée, the most legendary region in Burgundy historically and aptly called “La Perle de la Côte” or “The Pearl of the Côte”. Whether you are a novice or an experienced connoisseur, you will greatly expand your wine knowledge as you learn the rich and fascinating history that contributes so much to what makes these inimitable wines so special.

(and of course…) Burgundy Vintages – A History from 1845 by Allen Meadows and Doug Barzelay, 2018, – Each vintage from 1845 is rated and discussed in depth, and also carefully examined in the context of its era, revealing the forces that created modern Burgundy and that are likely to shape its future. The book has new insights on the cultural, economic and technological developments that have made Burgundies among the most sought-after wines in the world. Vintages is a wonderfully accessible Burgundian masterclass and an essential reference book for every wine lover, from novice to expert.

Climats et Lieux-Dits des Grands Vignobles de Bourgogne – Atlas et Histoire des Noms de Lieux by Marie-Hélène Landrieu-Lussigny and Sylvain Pitiot, 2012. Excellent maps as well as being the reference standard for climats and lieux-dits as well as their name derivations

Les Vins de Bourgogne, Pitiot, Sylvain & Gotti, Laurent,  Collection Pierre Poupon, 16th Edition, 2019 – a concise compendium of all appellations and their requirements; includes basic maps

Inside Burgundy (Second Edition) by Jasper Morris, 2021 – comprehensive coverage of Burgundy and its producers

Terroir by James Wilson, University of California Press by arrangement with Mitchell Beazley, Berkeley, CA, 1999 – the definitive geology book on Burgundy and other wine regions

The Wines of Burgundy by Clive Coates, University of California Press, London, 2008 – a helpful reference for any Burgundy lover

Great Domaines of Burgundy: A Guide to the Finest Producers of the Cote d’Or by Remington Norman, 1996 (a bit dated now but offers good technical information on selected domaines)

Grand Cru: The Great Wines of Burgundy through the Perspective of its Finest Vineyards (Third Edition) by Remington Norman, 2011 – Remington Norman is a two-time winner of the Andre Simon Prize.

Burgundy by Anthony Hanson MW 2003 – Anthony Hanson is a British Master of Wine and a senior consultant to Christie’s International Wine Department, as well as an expert on Burgundy and an international wine judge; first published in 1982 and reissued in 2003

Making Sense of Burgundy by Matt Kramer, William Morrow and Co., Inc. New York, 1990 – Matt speaks to the very essence of the Burgundian mind-set of “somewhereness” and “terrestrial crossroads” saying that “memorable wine is as much a map as taste”.  A beautifully written exploration of philosophical Burgundy (difficult to find; out of print).

Grands Crus de Bourgogne (Translated into English as Burgundy Grands Crus by Jacky Rigaux) – A concise description of all grands crus, their size, development and changes over time.

Millésimes en Bourgogne 1846-2009 (Translated into English as Burgundy Vintages by Jacky Rigaux) – Brief vintage notes and rankings; a new edition in French was published in 2018 – Cent ans de Millèsimes en Bourgogne 1917-2017

Ode aux Grands Vins de Bourgogne:  Henri Jayer, Vigneron à Vosne-Romanée (Translated into English by Jim Finkle as A Tribute to the Great Wines of Burgundy, 2019)

Histoire et Statistique de la Vigne et des Grands Vines de la Côte d’Or by Jules Lavalle, 1855 (Rare but reprints can be found – very useful from a historical perspective – French edition only)

Romanée-Conti by Richard Olney, 1995 – an excellent history of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

The Finest Wines of Burgundy by Bill Nanson, 2012

The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson, 2019, gives coverage of the global wine world (Burgundy is not the focus); originally published in 1971

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