Bordeaux is the largest wine appellation in France, with close to 7,000 producers. But how many do we hear about other than the 61 Grand Cru châteaux plus a handful from Pomerol and Saint-Émilion? Most of their wines are often excellent, all of them always expensive, with the extraordinary 2010 vintage being offered by some châteaux for $1,000 or more a bottle.
What makes a wine that expensive? The soil in which its grapes were grown, a reputation dating back 150 years and, to a great degree, demand.
Still, these stratospherically priced wines account for only about 5 percent of Bordeaux’s output. Among the rest lies an abundance of good wines at affordable prices, wines I found on a recent trip through Bordeaux. And of particular interest are those in the Cru Bourgeois category that retail in the United States for about $25 to $50.
Château d’Agassac, with its 13th-century château, is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc. It has been making wine since the 18th century and currently produces 250,000 bottles a year, most of them under its major label, Château d’Agassac, the rest under two lesser labels. I very much liked the château label’s 2009, a bright-shaded wine with harmonious balance, fresh fruit aroma and good concentration. Its 2010 is still a baby, purple as young red wines are, with lively acidity, already showing a satiny body and lingering finish.
Château Paveil de Luze, another Cru Bourgeois with a long history, had vineyards in the 17th century and has a 150-year history of winemaking. Its 2010, while quite young as wines of that recent vintage are, scores an “A” for promise with good color, lovely balance, tantalizing fruit flavors and complexity.
Château Les Grands Chênes was a fort in the 16th century and a winery since 1880. Its young wine reveals a beguiling fresh fruitiness, liveliness and a slight hint of coffee and vanilla in the aroma.
Château Petit Bocq was a bit slow to open, but when it did, it revealed ripe berry flavors, deep color, medium body and hints of the pleasures to come with maturity.
And these are only a few of the unsung pleasures affordable Bordeaux offers.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
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