Best for oenophiles: Bordeaux
Bordeaux’s star is in the ascendancy—first, it was voted best European destination in 2016, then best city in the world in 2017. ‘The combination of outstanding food and wine, 270 acres of vineyards, the beach and a gorgeous climate is being discovered and, with the new TGV line arriving this month, it’s easier than ever to get here,’ says Michael Baynes of Maxwellstorrie-baynes, Christie’s affiliate in the city.
‘Bordeaux vineyard prices started to recover from their lows a couple of years ago, but they have a long way to go to equal the highs of 17 years ago,’ adds Michael, whose office was responsible for 10 of the 28 château-vineyard sales in 2016. Of those, three went to Chinese buyers, one to a Taiwanese, four to Americans and the rest to Europeans.
There are about 150 acres under vines at this magnificent 17th-century Bordeaux château, which is in good condition. It was formerly owned by a member of Napoleon’s personal guard and enjoys a private rural position in one of the most attractive parts of the wine region. €3.7 million. Maxwellstorrie-baynes/christies International Real Estate (00 33 5 57 84 08 82)