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Bordeaux Sleeping beauty stirs

Once regarded as a sleepy setting, Bordeaux is now revealing a sensual identity. Michael Raffael raises a glass to a city revelling in change

La Belle Endormie, or The Sleeping Beauty, is what the French call Bordeaux. The city has yawned, stretched and woken up as bright and honeyed as a glass of Château d’Yquem, its sweetest daughter. Its 18th-century architecture now scraped clean of grime helps justify its Unesco World Heritage status but its cosmetic makeover is only a small part of the story. Over the past decade the city has reinvented itself. Views of the River Garonne shut off by decaying warehouses are now a memory.…

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