#AYIBpreview – A Year in Burgundy

Fresh from my trip to Burgundy, I just finished viewing a private screening of ‘A Year in Burgundy’.

Why should YOU see this film?

Because the 1/12 hour film skillfully navigates viewers through four unforgettable seasons –  one year –  of up-close and personal access to  Burgundian wine makers from Mâcon to Côte de Nuits, including  Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti fame.

Because you learn to appreciate the vagaries of draught, hail, rain, and the ‘grape police’ – perils all in Burgundian wine-growing.

Because you learn the practical side of  wine making, including pruning, harvest, triage, pigeage, battonage and élevage, as it applies to real people, real-time.

Because you learn about the instinctive, unteachable ‘art’ of wine making – the intuition required to allow each wine its maximum expression with minimal intervention. To let the wine have its say about its particular terroir, in its own voice.

(How telling that this film’s subtitles translate some wine-makers’ term for the ‘character’ of a wine as ‘terroir.’)

Because ‘A Year in Burgundy’ captures the heart and soul of the people of Burgundy – and their respect for the vines, terroir and traditions of this 2,000 year old wine-making region.

Because the film engages, rivets and intoxicates – just like the wines of Burgundy.

Go see this film. Then raise a glass to a great wine region, its wine, and its people. And leave a comment about your experience below. Santé!

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