A Year in Burgundy
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The film follows seven wine-making families in the Burgundy region of France through the course of a full year, and delves into the cultural and creative process of making wine, as well as its deep ties to the land. What lies within the rhythm of a year, from vines to grapes to wine? The film is in four season-sections, and plays out against that backdrop: spring showers, drought, heat wave, hail and storms, harvest moons and the damp cold of winter. Each vintage is a time capsule, a bottled piece of history of a very specific year, with its particular weather pattern, its crises and its triumphs. It all goes in, whether you want it to or not, and 2011 was full of drama.
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Basically this short documentary takes the viewer through a year in Burgundy with a few winemakers. It isn't as controversial as Mondovino - nobody is subtly mocking Rolland or Suckling or Micheal Mondavi in this one. Instead we see what some of the small Burgundy producers must put up with throughout a year in the region. From tense nerves when rain approaches or frayed nerves when the police show up to inspect everyone's work permits - all the fun and headache of a year in Burgundy are represented.
Again, this is a documentary that cannot possibly show everything that happens in a year in Burgundy, but it gives one an insight to the life and times of some of the growers as seen through the viewpoint of a small importer/exporter.
Highly recommended for my fellow oenophiles!
Burgundy . It is measured and easy to watch.
I am a lover of Burgundy wine and have visited the area several times ; but the full access to
activities in each season of the year gives more than an understanding of the vineyards; it shows the
passion and understanding that the people have for their land and vines.
Observing the action at Domaine Leroy and the comments and approach of Mme Lalou is a special privilege
not often granted.