Bookshelf: 'Shadows in the Vineyard'

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“Shadows in the Vineyard” by Maximillian Potter - © Twelve BooksIn Shadows in the Vineyard, a true-crime story published in 2014, Maximillian Potter relates the attempt to extort
1 million euro from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti by poisoning its best vineyards.

The prose sometimes turns purple, and Potter’s wine descriptions do him no credit (for example, he uses the turn of phrase “it was a sensation more than it was a taste” twice, on consecutive pages).

Nevertheless, the story he tells is a gripping one, and he interweaves fascinating chapters on Burgundian history and culture with the narrative. The passages about the Prince de Conti Louis-François de Bourbon, whom Potter calls “a prerevolutionary James Bond,” were as page-turning as the chapters focusing on the extortion attempt.

After reading this book, a walk around the town of Vosne-Romanée is certainly a different experience.

Read more about our editor’s trip to Burgundy

By Hideaway Report Editor Hideaway Report editors travel the world anonymously to give you the unvarnished truth about luxury hotels. Hotels have no idea who the editors are, so they are treated exactly as you might be.
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