Burgundy, in France, is the original home of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Ancient Romans, medieval monks and modern winemakers have spent 2000 years perfecting their art. In four chapters – Spring, Summer, Harvest and Winter – we follow the fortunes of six winemaking families. This is a deeply human story, with scenes of laughter, fear, surprise and delight. We face the rigors of bad weather with all the growers: devastating hail, vine-killing frost. We get to know superstars like Lalou Bise-Leroy, who creates some of the most expensive wine on earth. We live through the harvest with the Morey-Coffinets, whose wine-maker is an accomplished composer and looks after his grape-harvesters as if they were family. We celebrate the vintages of the past at a vast banquet, held by the elite Chevaliers du Tastevin. Finally, we discover some of the secrets of the cellar: how and why Burgundy is one of the world's most-renowned wines.
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