André Lurton, a Bordeaux winemaker, heads Les Vignobles André Lurton, a 63-year-old family company that owns more than 3,000 acres of vineyards and 27 estates.
Michel Rolland, also Bordeaux-born, is an internationally famous oenologist who consults with more than 100 wineries throughout the world. Many of those wineries produce wines that sell for $100 and more, with a recent review listing some at $750 a bottle.
Lurton hired Rolland as consultant for the red wines of three of his châteaux. What makes this consultation agreement somewhat different from Rolland’s usual assignments is that André Lurton’s wines at these three châteaux sell for far less than $100. In fact, the most expensive of these fine examples of well-made Bordeaux rarely costs more than $50, and one can be found for $20.
The $20 find is Château Bonnet Réserve 2012, an equal blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark-shaded with a delicious fruitiness that carries through from aroma to taste to finish, it also flaunts a touch of vanilla and spice.
For $27, sample another André Lurton red wine, Château de Rochemorin. Its 2012 vintage is rich and approachable, with lovely fruit and a subtle oak background.
Château La Louvière lies just south of the city of Bordeaux in the Pessac-Léognan area. Here André Lurton makes some of his most interesting wines. The 2012 offers a ripe wine with a deep, flavorful aroma; sumptuous and well-balanced, it sells for approximately $39. The 2010 is beguilingly smoky, quite concentrated and still tannic. It offers the aroma of red berries, an enticing whiff of spice, a medium body and a medium-long finish. Considering how fine that vintage is, its price, at $24–43 and more often at $39, represents a fine buy for a good Bordeaux.
I also tasted Château La Louvière 1986, a 30-year-old wine still boasting an intense nose, with a silky, mellow taste and a perfume that blends vanilla and oak. In short, a grand old wine. Its price range begins at about $30.
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts invites travelers to celebrate the holidays at any of its properties in Riviera Maya, Mexico. There is no time like the present for you to experience a stay at one of these luxury resorts.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.
After a two-year hiatus from in-person sporting and outdoor recreation events, the seaside, car-free town of Las Catalinas in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, recently announced the return of the annual Tri Las Catalinas, an off-road, multisport triathlon, Feb. 15–18.
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Plan a célébration spéciale this holiday season with a stay at a historic French chateau in the Loire Valley. If pipers piping and dancers dancing are part of your dream holiday experience, set your compass for Château de Chambord, where 100 twinkling Christmas trees set a festive tone for Renaissance music and dancing, storytelling, performances, workshops, themed activities and more. Guests can sip mulled wine and nibble on sweet indulgences, or peruse the shops for authentic, artisanal Chambord products crafted from the estate’s own natural resources.
For the 12th consecutive year, Global Traveler recognizes the best of the best in the industry, naming 2022’s Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year.
IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.
What a year 2022 has been for travel! It’s not an understatement to say travel rebounded and surged following the pandemic, and airlines, hotels, travel providers and more are ready and waiting to serve the masses returning to the beautiful art of traveling. As such, we celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2022 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, our 19th year honoring the best of the best in the world of travel. Our countdown to year No. 20 begins now.