BORDEAUX

Robb Report (USA) - - Time Well Spent - BY JILL NEW­MAN

FOR ALL OF ITS FA­MOUS REDS, Bordeaux re­mains a mys­tery to many—even se­ri­ous wine lovers. France’s premier wine­mak­ing re­gion may be home to lauded and leg­endary la­bels—Lafite Roth­schild, La­tour, and Mar­gaux among them—but the birth­place of the grand crus is no­to­ri­ous for its old-fash­ioned (some may even say snob­bish) ways. Lately, how­ever, it seems the Borde­lais are turn­ing over a new leaf: Long­stand­ing winer­ies are slowly— qui­etly— open­ing their cel­lar doors to ea­ger oenophiles, and new châteaux, Miche­lin-starred restau­rants, and mu­se­ums are even en­cour­ag­ing vis­i­tors to stay awhile. It’s not quite friendly Napa, but Bordeaux is sud­denly more so­cial than ever. And now is the time to sam­ple all of its fruits.

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