I bought this book in early summer just after release, and a month before our next wine foray to France. I have been collecting wine for around 50 years and thought it would be a good way to add “a bit more cream” to my collection with wines from different parts of the world. Sadly, it doesn’t quite work like that, because while it may be interesting to some folks who like reading other’s views on the best 101 wines to try …. it started to prove impossible to actually get some of these wines without paying a fortune in shipping costs, or to even visit a winemaker to buy some when you were standing outside his door! A case in point is the Chablis Grand Cru “Les Clos” from Vincent Dauvissat, a winemaker who it is impossible to visit, contact, or even to find a bottle of the stuff in Chablis itself! I respect Mr Dauvissat’s desire for reclusiveness despite his rock star status, but the wild goose chase and potential expense of finding a bottle was too much for yours truly. He wouldn’t even sell a bottle to a friend of mine who lives in Chablis!
There are other examples, Dagueneau Pouilly-Fume Silex, the wines of Phillipe Alliet in Chinon ……… but I think you’ve got my point, the book is quite impractical because I would die long before I could get anywhere near many of these wines, despite being able to afford them!