Wine Books: David Peppercorn
David Peppercorn is a Master of Wine who long ago specialised in Bordeaux, and who has now been writing on the region for decades. Like Michael Broadbent he too has a huge wealth of tasting experience, although he is no longer very active, and his pocket guide to the region already looks very dated.
A slim, hardback volume, a shade over 200 pages, and part of the revised and updated series of wine guides from Mitchell Beazley, released in 2004. This volume is a worthwhile guide to the châteaux of Bordeaux, although there is no great detail; with ten to twenty lines of text per property, there simply isn't room. So the profiles, which occupy the bulk of the book, offer little more than a few lines on history followed by Peppercorn's impression of the wines from the last couple of decades. The appellations are covered quite comprehensively, however, right down to Ste-Croix-Du-Mont and Loupiac, so it's useful for those looking outside the grand communes of the region. Each review is headed up with some nice detail on owner, vineyard area and varieties planted, production quantities and second label(s). Adding in the introductory section on the region concerning appellations, négociants, grape varieties and vintage summaries (most recent summary is 2002), and you actually get a useful little guide to the region. But it is more for those finding their way around Bordeaux for the first time, when Peppercorn's system of denoting good value properties might be especially useful.