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a new bordeaux 68 collections 2011 recently restored and made over france s wine capital has emerged from its cellar years amanda kok raises a toast to the rennaissance tony hisgett 67,1$7,21


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place de la bourse with its reflective 3,500m2 miroir d eau water feature t o many bordeaux is synonymous with wine but perhaps less is known about bordeaux the city and its bountiful neoclassical architecture parks boulevards and lively quays lining the garonne riverfront the capital of southwest france however is seeing an urban renaissance that has made this a delight to be discovered and rediscovered magnificent 18th century buildings lend bordeaux an aristocratic elegance befitting the world s wine capital recognised as a unesco world heritage site in 2007 it boasts of a 150-hectare listed historic sector and 363 historical monuments looking at this charismatic city today it may be hard to imagine that `little paris as it is known for its traditional stone mansions and terraces was once a shabby and monotonous sprawl of wet docks and traffic-congested streets enriched by a thriving wine trade established under english rule in the 12th to 15th century bordeaux grew to become france s largest port by the turn of the 18th century the golden age when it was according to stendhal without contest the most beautiful city in europe the centuries of industrialisation and modernisation that followed however took its toll on the cityscape as recently as six years ago bordeaux was a picture of grimy churches and old buildings covered in soot and dust and a mess of fenced-up warehouses at the quays but thanks to the beautification efforts initiated by mayor alain juppé in 1996 with buildings given a good scrub to reveal their golden limestone facades waterfront promenades created in place of ugly warehouses and an electric tramway system developed to reduce traffic the city has been given a new lease of life with gardens chic boutiques new eateries and posh night spots on every corner collections 2011 69


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the grand théâtre built by victor louis in 1773 the cowparade statue was on auctioned off for charity in september 2010 18th century splendour brimming with new life it has been said that bordeaux s urban form represents the success of philosophers who wanted to make towns into melting pots of humanism universality and culture and this is clearly evident in the buildings and squares the best way to discover the city is on foot especially since most of the town centre is pedestrian-only bordeaux is divided into districts called `quarters each with its own distinctive character saint-michel the cosmopolitan quarter in the city is popular among the young for its numerous shops bars and restaurants the saint-michel basilica a gothic church built between the 14th and 16th centuries has a 114m-high freestanding belltower that is bordeaux s tallest monument colourful markets spring up around this landmark on weekends and monday mornings selling everything from fresh fruit to bric-a-brac explore old bordeaux in the quarter of saintpierre named for the patron saint of this port city on the gironde river picturesque narrow streets lined with louis xv-style residences wind through this historical quarter at its heart is place de la bourse spectacularly reflected day and night in the new `water mirror a vast shallow fountain with 70 collections 2011 inch-deep water that ebbs gurgles and billows clouds of mist luring children and adults alike to splash barefoot through it one of the city s most `bo-bo bourgeois-bohème districts saint-pierre also has many fine restaurants that have made it bordeaux s culinary capital savour the freshest oysters and foie gras both local favourites over wine and good conversation or a spot of people-watching le chapon fin one of the first restaurants in bordeaux with three michelin stars serves up creative french food and is a must-try for the chef s rendition of duck foie gras down the road the grand théâtre stands testimony to the flourishing prosperity of bordeaux built between 1773 and 1780 it is one of the world s last remaining 18th century theatres right next to those of milan stockholm and naples just opposite the grand théâtre and overlooking the famous place de la comédie is the regent grand hotel bordeaux which has reclaimed its place as the most majestic hotel in the city it reopened in 2008 after six years of comprehensive renovations one of france s top interior designers jacques garcia infusing unrivalled luxury into its eight historical buildings rooms here have one of the best views of the city overlooking the square and theatre step out onto the pedestrianised rue sainte-catherine the city s main shopping street and one of its longest quinten dusaer 67,1$7,21


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the bordeaux wine festival gilles arroyo 67,1$7,21 the bordeaux wine festival at the quays wine tastings at the bordeaux wine festival bordeaux fête le vin is a fabulous time to celebrate bordeaux s liquid gems touring bordeaux by the glass of course what would be a trip to bordeaux without wine find yourself raising your wine glass more often than you can remember as no other region in france has such a concentration of fine high quality wine since the gauls first planted vines on the garonne s banks in 1st century ad over 115,000 hectares of bordeaux is now blanked in vines of over 60 appellations with the wine industry accounting for one in six jobs thanks to bordeaux s temperate climes unique terrioirs and peerless savoir faire in the art of the blend merlot cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc grapes are turned into elegant wines sought after the world over the 2005 vintage of bordeaux reds declared exceptional by the bordeaux wine bureau fetches up to us$2,500 for a bottle from top estates such as châteaux margaux latour and lafite rothschild while what wine critics dub as the world s most expensive wine from château pétrus can go for up to us$2,700 for a bottle a 6-liter imperial of chatéau pétrus 1982 sold for a record price of hkd726,000 us$93,700 in october 2009 and incidentally two double-magnums of 1989 went under sotheby s hammer for that same amount on 3 october 2010 in hong kong if you re looking to sample bordeaux s grand crus but don t want to plonk down for entire bottles well perhaps after a taste to be sure head down 72 collections 2011 to max bordeaux at 14 cours l intendance this wine gallery offers 48 of bordeaux s most prestigious wines châteaux lafite latour mouton margaux and yquem included dispensed by the glass from enomatic machines max bordeaux also offers an extensive range of `super seconds which owner henning thoresen says are a great stepping-stone to the top wines bordeaux fête le vin is a fabulous time to celebrate bordeaux s liquid gems held every other year since 1998 the bordeaux wine festival is the largest in france and another feather in the cap for mayor juppé half-a-million wine enthusiasts thronged the quays and place des quinconces in june 2010 as over 52,000 bottles and 600,000 individual tastings were poured out over four days the festival also brought fine gastronomic delights wine and food workshops vineyard visits and the city s first music festival of course there is no lack of great wine year round in bordeaux restaurant wine lists offer pickings that never get exported while the wine sections in grocery stores can have any oenophile dizzy like a kid in a candy store everyday reds or whites are labelled appellation d origine contrôlée aoc of bordeaux for an authentic experience of wine country get out to where it all begins the vineyards the five main wine regions of médoc graves and sauternes entre-deux-mers saint-Émilion and pomerol and côtes de bourg and côtes de blaye each have their the bordeaux wine festival gilles arroyo


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frederik vandaele the `world s most expensive wine from châteaux pétrus enomatic machines dispense bordeaux s finest wines by the glass at max wine gallery filtran own specialisations so a little research on which of the 12,000 or so estates produce the types of wines you like will help you map out your visits appointments should be made in advance a good number of estates also offer hotel stays the famous les sourcés de caudalié for instance is a five-star hotel located among the vineyards of chatéau smith haut lafitte in the graves region just 20 minutes out from the city it offers luxury rooms and cottages each uniquely decorated to reflect a different aspect of the aquitaine region s rich culture including a whimsical cabin designed by maison martin margiela don t miss the chance at a spot of pampering at the hotel s caudalie vinothérapie spa which taps on the therapeutic effects of the area s warm mineral springs in combination with the benefits of vine and grape extracts its treatments include the crushed cabernet scrub red vine barrel bath and the aromatic revitalising fleur de vigne wrap that uses grape seeds pulp stalks and grapeseed oil soak up the luxurious treatments in rooms with views of the vineyards autumn is possibly the most exciting time to visit any winery with september and october being the height of harvest season it s a time when the frisson in the air as growers gauge which grapes have attained perfect ripeness while keeping a wary eye on the weather mingles with cloying smell of fermenting grapes another busy period comes round in march and april as casks are cracked open for critics and buyers to have that first taste of the new wines to prognosticate on the latest vintage tasting an austere young wine is an excellent reminder that good wines get better with age and wine capital bordeaux its city restored and renewed to surpass its 18th century glory days is today that fine wine that has depth richness intensity and finesse château calon at saint Émilion caudalie caudalie vinothérapie spa s signature crushed cabernet scrub treatment max wine gallery collections 2011 73



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