Last year I reviewed on this blog the Australian documentary “Red Obsession” about the great Bordeaux wines and the unquenchable thirst they create in international buyers, especially in China. The director said at the time that since then, Chinese buyers had already shifted their focus onto other wine regions, including Burgundy.
When I read that a documentary had been made specifically about Burgundy, it immediately sparked my interest, as I’ve always wanted to learn more about this unique wine region, famous for its chardonnay and pinot noir wines (my favourite style of red).
Miles and Maya in that famous scene from “Sideways”
Maya: “Why are you so into Pinot?”
Miles Raymond: “Uh, I don’t know, I don’t know. Um, it’s a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It’s uh, it’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s, you know, it’s not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it’s neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and… ancient on the planet.”