Cheap Bordeaux seems an oxymoron, but there are varieties that won't empty your bank account

The name Bordeaux, rather than being an indicator of quality, is used to befuddle the customer with unfulfillable promises of greatness.

Three things strike me as I read the account by intrepid Hungarian-born nobleman Colonel Agoston Haraszthy, sometimes called the Father of Californian Winemaking, of his visit to Bordeaux, in 1861. The first is the tedium of travel, then. The second is his admiration for the beauty of the city itself: Bordeaux may have spent decades of the 20th century with its port disfigured by abandoned warehouses and its river views obstructed by ill-placed buildings, but in Haraszthy’s time it was...
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