A new temple for grape lovers
Bordeaux's sexy new wine museum
La Cité du Vin opened on June 1 in Bordeaux, France and, depending on your tastes, the museum on wine may leave you drunk, in love, or both. Designed by Paris-based XTU Architects, the 10-storey, $120-million structure is both fluid and futuristic, calling to mind the movement of the Garonne River on which it sits, and the swirl of wine in a flute. Its exterior consists of 900 glass panels and 2500 iridescent aluminum panels, evocative of the city's neoclassical golden limestone façades. Inside, there are 20 themed areas (3D imagery, olfactory whiffs, multi-sensory moving décors); on the eight floor the panoramic Belvedere wine saloon features a chandelier made of thousands of bottles and a 10-metre-long oak counter. Here, visitors can enjoy samples from the best wine regions in the world while discovering the city of Bordeaux, the river and its vineyards from a birds-eye view. €20 for a self-guided tour with a digital guide available in eight languages. laciteduvin.com.
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