Bursting Bubbles: A Secret History of Champagne and the Rise of the Great Growers (英語) ハードカバー – 2017/6/5
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Based on a series of articles published in The World of Fine Wine, Bursting Bubbles is a ground-breaking new book that offers the reader an alternate history of Champagne and its greatest growers. Often controversial, it is a no-holds barred look at the world's most famous wine region and the sparkling wine that it produces. It has the potential to change the way wine lovers think about Champagne. In his foreword, multi award winning author Andrew Jefford has called Bursting Bubbles, 'The most engaging book about leading Champagne growers I've read, full of insight and detail' and '...the most refreshing, pretension-pricking, myth-busting and amusingly unfrothy book on the subject I've read.'
'Bursting Bubbles by Robert Walters is the most provocative wine book I've read in a while." - Henry Jeffreys, taken from his article in The Guardian, 'The best books on drink of 2017'; 'Bursting Bubbles is an absolute pleasure to read from start to finish. Packed with insightful perspectives, Robert Walters captures the people and history of Champagne unlike any other book. It's very rare that a book on wine manages to fit both wine experts and novices equally. Whether you consider yourself an expert on Champagne, or you've never popped a cork in your life, Bursting Bubbles has plenty to offer both ends of the spectrum and everyone in between.' - Derek Morrison, The Good Wine Shop (Independent Champagne Retailer of the Year 2017) & Co-Founder of "Grower Champagne Month"; 'It all gets off to a cracking start, since the author is a gifted writer who gives a delightfully engaging account of his epiphany, his unconditional surrender to the charms of the great grower Champagnes in God's little acre. Robert Walters writes not because he wants to sell more; he simply thinks that the wines are brilliant and that the story of their creators should be told'. - Michael Edwards, The World of Fine Wine; '...This is part history lesson, part travel adventure story and wholly entertaining to read. It reminds me of Kermit Lynch's Adventures On The Wine Route' with an Australian accent.' - The Wine Depository; "We have all been sold a pup, albeit a glossy-looking, expensive one. Most champagnes, even those made by the prestigious brands, are confections that have little to do with terroir (the natural environment of the grape) or the qualities that distinguish good wine. Big manufacturers discovered that wines of inferior quality could, when sweetened and sparkled, be sold to the wealthy as a prestige product. Out of this naked commercial opportunism came what Robert Walters calls, in this refreshingly iconoclastic book, "the world's first mass-market party drug". Fortunately for those of us who love fizz in our wine, a small and growing number of winemakers in Champagne are now drawing on the skills and knowledge that had been lost to the region to make "exceptional wines that just happen to have bubbles". " - The Age, Australia; "... this is a meticulously researched and scholarly work but it is written with verve and wit. In addition to a fascinating historical examination, Walters explodes numerous myths, which will amuse any lover of wine trivia." - Australian Financial Review; "...the most refreshing, pretension-pricking, myth-busting and amusingly unfrothy book on the subject I've read." - ANDREW JEFFORD, Multi-award-winning author of The New France and columnist and contributing editor for both Decanter and The World of Fine Wine.; "In the tradition of Kermit Lynch's Adventures n the Wine Route, Bursting Bubbles is a wonderful and informed exploration of the best grower Champagnes and the characters who make them. It shatters old myths and reveals new truths, making Champagne - the place and the wine - as intriguing, beautiful and magical as ever." - ANDREA FROST, award-winning author of Through as Sparkling Glass and columnist for TimAtkin.com and The World of Fine Wine.; "Rob Walters' approach to Champagne (and to wine in general - and to life!) in this beautifully written book is so cheerful and entertaining that one risks not realising how thoughtful and informative it is as well - a risk that I would advise any wine lover to take without hesitation." - JESUS BARQUIN, Award-winning co-author of the The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain and Sherry, Manzanilla and Montilla and the co-founder of Equip Navazos.商品の説明をすべて表示する
The bubble Walters bursts is the great difference between Champagnes typically produced by the great houses of Champagne and the great still wines made in Burgundy, Barolo, and elsewhere. All of us must admit that the bubbles racing across our tongues when we drink Champagne have often beguiled and distracted us from discerning the true character of the wine we are tasting.
Walters is a passionate aficionado of Champagne, but he is all the more uncompromising because of his great love, and he asks the hard questions of a man of experience and learning. For example, how does one account for the high yields of Champagne vineyards, when the great wines of France (and everywhere else) originate in vineyards carefully managed to produce low yields? For that matter, asks Walters, is it true that "austere, characterless base wines that derive from early-picked, high-yielding vineyards" truly produce the most beautiful possible Champagne? What about the extensive manipulation in the processes used to make Champagne: cultured yeasts, enzyme additions, strong filtration, chaptalisation, and the ne plus ultra of Champagne production, dosage (the addition of sugar)?
For those who think of Champagne as a glamorous accessory for life's most important celebrations, "a festive drink or, at best, a high-quality aperitif that should not be taken as seriously as the great wines of the world," these questions will not be troubling. But Walters is an incorruptible aesthete, a fierce lover, and like Caesar's wife, wine that Walters loves must be above suspicion.
As it happens, Walters is also a wine traveller, an intrepid and discerning visitor to the great vineyards and wineries of the world. A traveller--not a tourist--to evoke the helpful distinction insisted upon by Paul Fussell in his great book "Abroad: British Travel Writing between the Wars". He has written "Bursting Bubbles" not merely to alert Champagne lovers to the meretricious qualities of their favourite drink, but to share his discoveries of those truly great Champagnes worthy of our love.
For this book is a love story and a travel story, the account of the author's many journeys in search of the great wines of Champagne. Yes, they exist, and Walters has found them and celebrates them in this wonderful book. The great growers of Champagne--Jerome Prèvost, Francis Egly, Pierre Larmandier and several others--are making wines that combine refinement and nuance with the celebratory power that is unique to Champagne. Walters knows these men, he knows their vineyards, and he knows their wines--and in this fascinating book Walters introduces them to those of us whose idea of wine travelling is a regular visit to our favourite wine merchant.