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USA - Andrew Harper - February 2012


Wine connoisseurs should turn right out of the hotel and walk to Max Bordeaux, a sleek tasting bar with uplit tables and a shower of wine glasses raining from the ceiling. Several temperature-controlled cases contain everything from basic Graves to the greatest Premiers Grands Crus Classés. All these wines can be sampled by the glass in portions ranging from 25 to 75 milliliters, accessed by a card loaded with euro. If you have doubts about which wines to choose, a wall-mounted iPad offers fact sheets and wine critics’ tasting notes about every single wine, in English (the staff is also willing to assist, of course). We inserted our card into a case, pushed a button, and voilà! We had a €30 taste of 2004 Château Latour in our Riedel glass.

Bottles of Château Cheval Blanc, Château Margaux and Château Latour at Max Bordeaux
Bottles of Château Cheval Blanc, Château Margaux and Château Latour at Max Bordeaux - Photo by Andrew Harper Staff

Following that remarkable 25 ml, we moved on to tastes of the 2004 Château Margaux, 2006 Château Cheval Blanc and 2006 Château Ausone. For €120, we were able to taste four of the greatest red wines in the world, in succession. It was an amazing opportunity — where else would we have this chance? All four showed amazing finesse on the palate, with supremely velvety mouthfeels and long finishes. We loved the ravishing fruit and earth of the Latour, the rich cocoa-raspberry qualities of the Margaux, the racier sexiness of the Cheval Blanc and the lusciously full, dramatic flavors of the Ausone. But all these wines seemed a little too young. When we go back, we’ll focus more on some of the less expensive but more ready-to-drink choices, such as the 2005 Château Giscours or the 2003 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron de Pichon-Longueville.