Max Bordeaux, When Only The Best Will Do

by Paige Donner

Max Bordeaux Wine Gallery & Cellar, Bordeaux, Photo by Paige Donner for Local Food And Wine

When your wine tastes will be satisfied only by the best, Bordeaux has another top wine bar for you. Fittingly, it, too, is right across the street from a Tourist Office, Tourisme Gironde. In the center of Bordeaux, it it is right on the tramline and just up from the Opera, though if you don’t ask for it, you might not find it on your first trip.

Luckily – for me! – I had come across a great Guide Book to The Gironde that I was determined to get a copy of. I had seen that it was published by the Tourism Office but didn’t find a copy of it until I wound my way to the Gironde Tourism Office. I guess it’s sort of a test of how serious you are about your wine explorations.

Anyway, just across the street is Max Bordeaux, Wine Gallery & Cellar. I literally just wandered in and couldn’t believe my eyes. It was one of those moments when I had to blink several times. Was I dreaming?  I could hardly believe what I was seeing. For laid out all in front of me were rows of the world’s most legendary wines – on tap!

Max Bordeaux, Bordeaux photo by Paige Donner for Local Food And Wine

Cheval Blanc. Yquem. Chateau Margaux. Ausone. Chateau Latour. Lafite. Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Haut Brion.

And this is a tasting bar! So they have the tasting “on tap” machines that I’ve written about previously for Paris. Here, however, you can do the impossible. You can actually buy a taste of Cheval Blanc.

The really nice lady who came up to me to tell me not to take too many pictures of the interior of Max Bordeaux, stayed and chatted for awhile and agreed that there are lots of people like me: Can’t really afford the 500Euro price tag on a Cheval Blanc bottle but I can afford the 25 Euro tasting.

She then went on to tell me that they have events at Max Bordeaux at least a few times a week where the winemaker will come in and host a tasting, talking freely about his wines. She then let me take a few pictures, posted here, of these legendary wines “on tap” in Bordeaux. And she even said “À bien tôt,” when I left, knowing perfectly well that I would be returning, and, if dreams do come true, sooner rather than later.

Max Bordeaux, Wine Gallery & Cellar, 14, cours de l’Intendance








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