30 Bottles from Bordeaux You Should Buy Right Now

Earlier this month, my father celebrated his 70th birthday by opening a bottle of 1986 Chateau Margaux he had been holding onto since purchasing it soon after it was released. It was absolutely stunning, but if I wanted to buy one for myself right now, I’d have to spend more on it than I do each month in car payments.

A Direct London-to-Bordeaux Train Line Could Whisk You Away to Wine Country Even Faster

It’s been nearly 24 years since the Chunnel—the over 31-mile rail tunnel connecting England to France under the English Channel—first opened. If you’ve never done it before, the trip is truly amazing: The Eurostar can take you from downing pints in a London pub to sipping wine outside a Paris café in just over two hours without ever leaving the ground.

Merlot: Meh or Magnificent?

Oh, Merlot. What a sadly abused grape it is. Ever since Sideways came out—and we’re talking twelve years ago now—Merlot has been a byword for “uncool wine.” Add that to the fact that it’s always been shoved to the side as sort-of-like-Cabernet-but-not-as-interesting, and you have a real image problem. I’m tempted to call it the Coldplay of grapes.


Bordeaux’s Extraordinary New Cité du Vin

There’s still time to hop a plane to make the opening of Bordeaux’s brand new Cité du Vin wine museum. The opening ceremonies for the $80-million-plus project—to be attended by French President François Hollande, Minister of Culture Audrey Azoulay and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppe, I was told—are taking place on the 31st. And even if you miss the opening, the Cité opens to the public at large on June 2.

A Hot Future for Burgundy and Bordeaux

For the average wine drinker, whether a Bordeaux chateau harvests its grapes in September or August may seem like a matter of little concern, but in fact harvest dates (and heat) play a huge role in wine quality.

Billionaire Jack Ma Buys Bordeaux Vineyard, Plans to Make It a Mini Versailles

Jack Ma failed his university entrance exams three times and worked as a teacher for years in the 1990s. This week, the Chinese tycoon—who is worth $21.5 billion—bought the Château de Sours in Bordeaux, France.

Bordeaux, the Other White Wine

If there’s one thing that people tend to assume about the wines of Bordeaux, it’s that they’re red. Fair enough: The region produces about 89 percent red wine.

The 8 percent or so of dry white wine (the other 3 percent is sweet) that trickles out of Bordeaux’s chateaus, though, is well worth investigating, especially if you’re a fan of crisp whites. There’s also plenty of it: Bordeaux produces a vast amount of wine, so even the small percentage that is dry and white amounts to about 64 million bottles per year.

Floral, Fragrant Bordeaux to Buy Now

2010 Château Deyrem Valentin Margaux: Bordeaux drinkers know that the Margaux subregion is a special place. Its soil, which has an especially high concentration of well-draining, heat-retaining gravel, tends to coax distinctive perfumey scents and candied-violet flavors from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Understandably, such a prestigious appellation tends to yield high prices, and it's rare to find an exemplary bottle under $40. But this one is a major exception that's worth seeking out.

What You Need to Know About the 2012 Bordeaux Vintage

The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux had its annual tasting in New York a week or so ago, amid a raging snowstorm. Whatever you might think about Bordeaux, the 2012 vintage or France itself, there’s no question that it’s nice to be inside a vast hall surrounded by an endless supply of red wine when it’s cold and blizzardy outside.

Why Bordeaux is Actually the Best Bargain in the Wine Shop

It’s affordable, it’s approachable and you can drink it as soon as you buy it. Three sommeliers—and F&W’s Megan Krigbaum—set the record straight about how to buy Bordeaux now.