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A Year in Burgundy (2013)

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 ... See full summary »

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David Kennard

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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. Written by Anonymous

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English

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5 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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A powerful film that inspires and delights
7 November 2013 | by timo-121See all my reviews

The film is an in-depth look at the 2011 vintage in Burgundy, following San Francisco-based wine importer Martine Saunier and seven of her wineries – Domaine Leroy, Domaine Perrot-Minot, Domaine Morey-Coffinet, Domaine Bruno Clavelier, Domaine Mortet, Domaine Michel Gay & Fils, and Dominique Cornin through the vintage that – with its heat waves in the spring and the crop-threatening storms at harvest time, was a rather challenging year for many wine-makers in the region but a lucky break for the filmmakers. (For more on the wine-makers, see here.) Following the seasons, and finding its break points between the four seasons works well from a narrative perspective, and the filmmakers aren't afraid of getting in-depth into the wine-making at the risk of possibly alienating some non-niche folks. Telling us about the history of the region, the geographical challenges, the terroir, the wine-making methods, and all that makes up wine-making in Burgundy, the film does a fantastic job of explaining why Burgundian wine fetches the prices it does, and why it has risen to the levels it is at.

From a cinematic standpoint, the film is well-paced, beautifully shot (those extreme closeups with the wine-makers not noticing the camera are beyond intimate to the audience). What's more, it does not lean on the crutch of creating protagonists and antagonists the way many docs have done in recent years. A Year in Burgundy stays the course on delivering a solid and self-respecting story without melodrama – Mother Nature did more than her part to add drama and thrills.

This is a powerful film that inspires and delights, and is a unique addition to the all too limited pantheon of wine films.


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