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The Bordeaux Club
The Bordeaux Club
The Bordeaux Club
The Bordeaux Club
The Bordeaux Club
The Bordeaux Club
The Bordeaux Club
The Bordeaux Club

The Bordeaux Club

The convivial adventures of 12 friends and the world's finest wine

By (author) Neil McKendrick


  • A wine fairy tale - you have a seat at the table of some legendary meals with some of the greatest Bordeaux vintages ever tasted
  • 1865, 1929, 1945, 1961, 1985, 1990… the highlights of these six famous Bordeaux vintages are revealed
  • Forewords by Hugh Johnson and Andrew Roberts, giving both the context of the wines and of the social history captured by the club
  • For all lovers of fine wine, this is a wine book classic
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“From a historical point of point, the book is fascinating… From a literary point of view, it’s eloquent … If you’re a Bordeaux wine collector with deep pockets and a large cellar, it’s invaluable.”  —Tamlyn Currin, Jancis Robinson
“Associations and societies such as the Bordeaux Club are the very acme of civilization. Botticelli and Bach were engaged in the eternal quest for truth and beauty in painting and music, and the Bordeaux Club did the same for viniculture
.” – Andrew Roberts

The story of 12 friends who gathered to share and celebrate the extraordinary wines of Bordeaux. Like-minded in their love of wine, they differed wildly (often alarmingly!) in their personal wealth, life and circumstances – their opinions, always voiced, had the power to ignite anger and divide friendships just as easily as they bound them together. Neil McKendrick, member and minute-taker for 57 of the Club’s 70 extraordinary years, weaves the tale of this convivial group with the rigor of a Cambridge academic (he is ex-Master of Gonville and Caius) and the humor of a born raconteur. Alongside the likes of Hugh Johnson, Steven Spurrier and Michael Broadbent, he celebrates the beauty of top-class Bordeaux and the splendour of each setting – from glorious country park to rickety Dickensian boardroom – in which these men were lucky enough to dine, serving up memories of vintages the like of which we will never see again.

About the Author

Neil McKendrick was the 40th Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is now a life fellow of the college. McKendrick was educated at Alderman Newton's School, Leicester, and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he won an Entrance Scholarship. He is an Emeritus Reader in History having taught Modern English Social and Economic History as well as Business, Literature and Society, 1690–1990. He is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. During his time at the college he was successively Lecturer in History, Director of Studies in History, Graduate Tutor and Master. He was also the Secretary for The Bordeaux Club for most of his membership of the club.

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Academie du Vin Library Ltd
22nd Nov 2022
USA & Canada
7.44 in x 9.69 in
300 Pages
38 color, 32 b&w
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