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82 min
IMDB Rating:
6.5 / 10 
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Directors: David Kennard [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Renowned wine importer Martine Saunier returns as our guide in the second installment in a trilogy of wine films. Here we get a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the real Champagne through six houses, from small independent producers to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger. In the vineyard, 2012 threatened to be 'the year of all our fears.' But most Champagne is not just the product of a specific year and its weather. Signature house styles are creations that happen behind closed doors and in the miles of cellars beneath Champagne. Pull back the curtain and see how the people of a cold, tough land with a grim history triumph in producing the drink of joy, seduction and celebration.


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A Brut (Dry) Documentary

(Flash Review)

The intent was to describe a full year, all four seasons, of growing grapes to make Champagne in the northern region of Champagne, France. An uneven amount of the focus was on how hard the cool climate is on the grapes. How much nurturing is needed and how frequently a harvest is fruitless; literally. There were the ubiquitous historic cellar shots with oodles of aging bottles. But nary a 4 minutes spent on why and how Champagne is different from wine; process or the artistic spin growers apply. There was some decent background and behind the scenes insights but maybe it just wasn't picturesque enough or informative enough and the key objective for me was that I was not enticed to go out and buy a bottle. As I had been after watching the two SOMM documentaries. SOMM: Into the Bottle is a much more informative and gets the figurative juices flowing.


Subtitles are particularly crappy in this snail-paced look at Champagne. (Example: the "liqueur d'expedition" is NOT "liquor" but sweet wine.) For all the time spent ballooning over the vineyards and watching machinery turn, there's no single coherent explanation of what Champagne actually is, why there's a need to remove sediment after the second fermentation, etc etc etc.

And what's Martine Saunier doing here? She imports one of the central characters into the US but not a peep from her about how Americans perceive Champagne.

Writer-director David Kennard is also responsible for the equally dreary "Year in Burgundy."
With all your rules and regulations (ridiculous pretentiousness) youstill can't live down California wine. It has beaten French wine andChampaign to a bloody pulp since the early 1970s. Wine made by totalhippies from 60's era Northern Californians. Judged by the French to bethe best of the best. You should all chill out and tour Marin andSonoma County take a limo-driven tour and see the American Redwoods forall their glory. It won't take long to figure out you're in God'scountry It would do all winemakers a true solid. Seriously, it's notthat serious and it's not rocket science. The love of the art does somuch more than pruning all your vines like your neighbor. Don't knockCalifornia. We make the best wine in the world. I challenge anyone,anywhere, simply because we are the best.
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