on 15 January 2015
Watch this beautiful film with half a bottle of fine burgundy inside you - which is how I first viewed it ! Sadly, classic documentaries like this aren't often made any more, but it's a reminder of what cinema and television have lost in the current fashion of turning depictions of real life into frenetically edited, frequently fabricated eye-candy. From the very opening sequence, with its slow put-putting Deux Chevaux (France's iconic peasant car) arriving at a down-at-heel farmhouse, this film takes you into another slower world, where time's passage is divided into only four - the seasons of the year. We see the passing rituals of the wine-growers' calendar, the deep but lively interpersonal bonds between all who join together to create the wines, and everyone's almost spiritual bond with the "terroir" - the soil which makes each Burgundian wine unique. This delightful documentary glides you effortlessly on a journey deep into the very soul of France - its viticulture; by the end you'll have met some charming characters, and learned more about wine-making than you ever thought you knew.
on 9 May 2015
There are very few films which can be sampled, while sipping a bottle of Burgundy and relaxing utterly. This is one. The people, the drama of their lives, their characteristics, the beauty of the place in all four seasons. Try it! Share it! view it with friends! It makes you hopeful for the human race.