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Club of Nine by Andy Katz and Jane Anson

American photographer Andy Katz (father of talented young winemaker Jesse Katz of Devil Proof Vineyards) takes us on a pictorial tour of Bordeaux’s five first growths, Sauternes star Yquem and Right Bank icons Ausone, Petrus, Cheval Blanc. The elite clan christened their research and development group “The Club of Nine”, which inspired the tittle.

The coffee table book features expansive, evocative black-and-white images of these celebrated estates and the characters behind them. It’s pure wine porn with a side of voyeurism. It took Katz, a celebrated wine photographer, a year to compile the images for the book, allowing him to chart the changing seasons in the vineyards.

To accompany Katz’ stunning shots, British-born Bordeaux buff Jane Anson charts the history of each of the nine estates and how they rose to prominence over the centuries.

The Lafite chapter looks at the process of blending one of the most eagerly awaited wines in the world, while the Mouton pages explore how its terroir might have been the birthplace of Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Ausone chapter looks at the crucial role of its limestone cellars for both its wines and the growth of Saint Emilion in general.

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