French Wines and Vineyards; And the Way to Find Them
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...in the qualities. Holland takes many of the third and fourth class wines of Blanquefort, and its vicinity. The property of Cantermerle, belonging to the Villeneuve-Durfort family, produces from 120 to 130 tuns of wine, besides a dozen tuns of lower quality consumed on the spot. This estate has been in the same family from the fifteenth century. In the matter of prices, it is clear all must depend upon the season, and the quality of the wine produced. Cantenac and Margaux rank among the communes of the first order. The proprietor of Mouton is now M. de Rothschild by purchase. The distinguishing mark of the wines of Haut Medoc, is their fineness, softness, bouquet, and absence of all earthy flavour, which last is observable in too much of the wine of Bas Medoc, which at times good, yet too generally want fineness and bouquet. The wines of the Gironde, as to their different qualities, are difficult to describe. The differences to the connoisseur are great, where common palates can discover little variation in one growth from another. It is considered much easier to judge the merit of the white wines than the red, at the time of the vintage. The taste of the red should show a perfect equilibrium in different and opposite qualities, such as body, maturity, fine colour, and a union of all--there must be no admission of the'slightest harshness. An odour of the most delicate kind is needful, and an evenness which must be added to its other qualities. If the white wines possess strength and lusciousness, they satisfy all desire in regard to them. The season to perfect the red wines should be favourable to ripen the fruit; humid enough to soften the skin of the grape; dry enough to stay the ascent of the sap: in short, it should be such weather as does not...
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