Best for oenophiles: Bordeaux

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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)

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