Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Mouton Rothschild; five names that have changed the world of wine.
For the first time, this book brings together their separate stories into one sweeping saga - from their early days as Seigneuries owned by some of France's most powerful families, to the dramas of the French Revolution, the 1855 Paris Exhibition where four of them were crowned as First Growths, and the determined efforts which saw Mouton Rothschild join them more than a century later. The book follows their progress up to where they stand today, as the world's most iconic wines. Liquid Legends tells not only their stories, but offers an insight into the obsessional detail that goes in to making the world's greatest wines, and explains the story of the Bordeaux wine trade through these five estates that have been at its heart for over 500 years.
Alongside methodical primary research are revealing anecdotes and lively historical detail, enriched by lavish photographs, and first-hand accounts from the chateaux owners, directors and staff, as well as those who work with them in Bordeaux, London, Hong Kong, the United States and further afield.
Jane Anson is based in Bordeaux, where she is correspondent for Decanter magazine. She is author of the Bordeaux and Southwest France chapters of The Wine Opus (Dorling Kindersley, 2010) and is currently working on their follow-up, provisionally titled 1000 Great Wines for Every Day.Other books include Michelin Guide to the Wine Regions of France (Michelin Publications, 2010, sole contributing writer), Travellers Southwest France (Thomas Cook Publishing, scheduled release March 2011), and three other guidebooks to Bordeaux, Toulouse and Corsica (Thomas Cook Publishing, 2008 and 2009). She a...
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