All roads lead to Burgundy, so the saying goes; and it’s certainly true that though many connoisseurs begin their love affair with the grapevine in other regions, most tend inexorably to gravitate towards Burgundy as the years pass. No other place produces wines at once so complex or so compelling, and the defining philosophy of the region—that no two wines should taste alike, and that it’s where they’re produced that makes the difference—has become the model by which other wine regions increasingly make sense of their own wines. Today, from California to Bordeaux, from Barossa to Piedmont, the word terroir is on everyone’s lips, and terroir began in Burgundy.
In this book, Fiona Sun and Isabel Xie ably communicate the essence of Burgundy’s rich wine culture. As they guide us on an intimate tour of some of the region’s most interesting producers, we better understand the region in all its detail and heterogeneity. And if all roads lead to Burgundy, we also come to understand why, having reached their destination, few wine lovers ever move on: the strong personalities, the rich and hearty yet elegantly rendered cuisine, the irresistible landscape—all conspire to make it hard to leave this captivating region. That is why I have made Burgundy not just my workplace but my home, and I congratulate the authors on their important work in sharing its true charms to a Chinese audience.
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