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“Exceptional opportunity to taste some top chateau's - at a price”
Review of Max Bordeaux

Max Bordeaux
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Owner description: THE CONCEPT : "Grand Crus "a la carte" tastings for all!" A mysterious hallway that opens up into an immense modern art deco room, strange machines made of stainless steel, a tall ceiling where, hung by their feet, hundreds of wine glasses seemingly float, suspended in mid-air... Welcome to Max Bordeaux and its magical concept that opens wines such as Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion, Cheval Blanc, Mouton Rothschild and Yquem to everyone! The establishment, created by Henning Thoresen, a Norwegian wine merchant from Oslo who had always wanted to make the Grand Cru Classe wines accessible "by the glass," opened its doors to the public in October 2009. "You wouldn't buy a car before test driving it, justifies manager Laetitia Jiminez, so before buying a Grand Cru, you will want to have tasted it first." An innovative concept paired alongside an educational approach: each wine is presented with the history of the chateau, the winemaking techniques and the tasting notes. Every Tuesday night, wine tasting workshops are organized with a sommelier that explains the history of the Grand Cru Classe wines with a comparative tasting between differing appellations. "And once a month, we organize soiree chateau where a winery proprietor comes to give a presentation and tasting of his wines." The "fun" option on the menu, as it were, is equally seductive: you credit a tasting card* that is given to you upon arrival to the gallery with your desired amount. Each time you taste a new wine the corresponding amount is debited based on the size of tasting you choose (25, 50, or 75 mL).
Reviewed June 20, 2012

Wonderful - very modern facility to taste top chateau's wines. It's not really a bar and there is no food accompaniment. Staff were not helpful - they have iPads loaded with info and use this as an excuse not to help. But where else can you try a first growth grand cru???? At 25-30€ per 2.5 (25ml), it's not cheap, but then again, it's a lot more expensive to buy the bottle! There are other wines starting between 3-10€per 2.5cl - and the white selection was outstanding value for money. We spent 100€ pretty easily between the two of us. Great substitute for visiting the impossible chateau like Rothschild. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed June 10, 2012

This place is unique. Go there if you want to try top brand wines by the glass, such as Chateau Margaux and Chateau Latour. It's a bit clinical and doesn't feel that welcoming and the years available aren't necessarily the best. But it is ideal for the Grand Cru's.

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Reviewed May 22, 2012

This was a really interesting experience, if you're serious about wine and have a bit of cash to spend, I would definitely recommend it. The basic setup is that you put money on a card, and they have these machines where you can sample 30 or so really good Bordeaux wines. You choose whether you want just a taste, a half glass, or a full glass, and you pay accordingly.

The staff is really knowledgeable, and the wines they have to choose from are some of the best of Bordeaux (and the most famous).

Many of the wines are quite expensive, which is both a plus and a minus, depending on how you look at it. For me at least, I'm not likely to spend $200+ on a bottle of wine, so on one hand this wasn't terribly helpful for me to try things out that I might drink back home. On the other hand, they've got most of the biggest names in high-end Bordeaux, and since I'm NEVER going to spend $600+ on a bottle of wine, it was pretty cool to have the opportunity to try those out.

There are some more modestly priced wines, too, but I'd say this place's real uniqueness is in the higher end. Expect to spend a bit of money, though--my fiancee and I were there for about an hour and we wound up spending about 100 EUR, but in my opinion it was well worth the visit!

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Reviewed April 9, 2012

The is a wine bar that you can buy sips of all the famous first growth grand crus. A fun way to sample the best of the best without having to visit the vineyards individually. Just be careful to have your glass under the spout when it is mechanically poured.

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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Definitely a place to stop on your first day in Bordeaux. You can try many of the wines produced by top Chateaus in the right and left bank regions (Medoc, Paulliac, St. Emilion, etc.) The staff is friendly and knowledgeable; however, there is also an iPad which lists all the information about each wine available in the store and has comments from experts like Robert Parker. Check it out!

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