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MONDOVINO was shot on three continents, in five languages, over a three-year period. Juxtaposing artisanal wine growers with multi-national conglomerates, and peasants with billionaires, Jonathan Nossiter weaves together multiple family and multi-generational sagas, and uncovers a complex tapestry of rivalries, alliances, and conspiracies-all stemming from the production, distribution, and consumption of one of the oldest, most respected luxuries remaining. MONDOVINO gives voice to those who create, critique, and do commerce in wine, offering up a surprisingly prismatic, varied, and sometimes controversial glimpse into a product so many enjoy but so few truly understand.
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One way, new technique, as oxygenation, give a ready to drink product, enhance by taste of vanilla graciously provided by new oak barrel, represented by Michel Rolland.
Another way, traditionally respectful of the terroir and grape, represented by De Montille doter and father, which accept the nature and her variations which need much longer "elevage" (aging) in cave to reach excellence.
After all this debate, it is interesting to note than Guigal, the great Rhone winery, did not produce Côtes-du-Rhônes 2008 as the year was not permitted to achieve his quality expectation.
I also reed in Decanter report than 2007 was a mediocre year in Bordeaux. Did the Chateau should not produce any Appellation to respect their client and sale their mediocre wine under generic Bordeaux label?
Under all this debate of respect of tradition opposed to respond to the demand of consumer.
Which consumer are able to accept than a Medoc should not be drink before 10 or 15 years of cellaring?
Producers know that. Media's will not tell you as ... their come the money, big money.
Today media report on reader - advertiser team. Reader wants to read a dream story.
It's not any more question of taste, only question of investment.
Big families are opposed to poor farmer which could never expect produce wine in another planet.
Some people protecting their land from developer to create or protect Environmental Park opposed to powerful money conglomerate which want to create more opportunities for their dreamer client.
This fine tune movie exposes us to various aspect and choice.
Did we want to pay the price and respect the nature?
Did we prefer buy ready to drink? "Why pay more"
Consumer like vanilla, industry will produce vanilla.
Vanilla is too rare and too expensive.
Who care? Industry will produce new way to make product taste vanilla without paying for vanilla or better, without vanilla. Media's will describe as "another layer of complexity with buttery..."
Medoc's, Californian Cabernet, Meursault... needs 10 or 15 years to be at their best.
Industry will find new way to make it ready in 2 years.
A smart move as these 2 years will give time to various Media to make many report, to sale plenty of advertising, industry will make a lot of pre-release tasting... and increase the value of the product.
Thanks to all the participants and to Jonathan Nossiter for having exposed our choice.
The cinematography captures the visual beauty of these regions, and just that alone makes it worth watching. Beyond that, the candid seens between members in the winemaking families is thought provoking and you can see their passion for it.
As an aside the documentarian juxtaposes their dogs with the winemaker or wine critic. There was hilarious seen where Robert Parker is espousing something and the camera focuses on the Parker's bulldog who has a big fat frown on his face as though tacitly disagreeing. Other seens suggest wealthy winemakes have uptight dogs while the struggling winemakers have very happy dogs.
If you enjoy wine and wine tasting this is a must watch and it's without the crowds or the gas consumption.
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Movie is hard to follow. Not in English. Poorly put together. Too much moving around in the scenes.