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.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
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Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.