Having just come back from a few days in and around the city I can quite understand why UNESCO has decided to make Bordeaux a World Heritage site.
The city is a fantastic mix of big open spaces, small enchanting squares and filled with the typical huge, imposing old buildings. It has a vibrancy that has been enhanced by the ongoing building works and, talking to friends who live in the city, the areas such as along the Garonne are now friendly, interesting places to be rather than to avoid.
I would argue that it is a most unique and interesting city to wander around even without the added attraction of the wines. I feel it is to be applauded for its blending of the old and the new - ultra-modern buildings, sculptures, trams and areas sit alongside centuries-old buildings and churches with ease.
I would quite happily recommend it to anybody as an interesting, exciting, stimulating city to visit and, on top of that, it is surrounded by some of the world's best vineyards. What more could you want?
Ben Seabrook, manager
The Imperial Wine Company