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Message  Matthieu le Dim 15 Fév 2009 - 9:41

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DOCUMENTARY: Wine
On: BBC 4 (9)
Date: lundi 23rd février 2009 (starting in 8 days)
Time: 22:00 to 23:00 (1 hour long)

The Faith. Episode 2.
Documentary series about the wine industry charts the creation of the 2008 vintage at Margaux, arguably the world's greatest wine estate. Everyone from vineyard worker to chief winemaker looks anxiously at a sky which appears hell-bent on making the year a wretched one, with rain threatening to ruin the vintage. Margaux's urbane director Paul Pontallier serves the role of chief evangelist as we follow him all the way to China, where he is almost mobbed by devotees of Margaux.
(Stereo, Part 2 of 3, Widescreen, Subtitles)
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Review: Wine (The Faith)

Message  Matthieu le Lun 16 Fév 2009 - 13:45

Par Jane Anson in Bordeaux (Decanter, 16 février 2009).
Review: Wine (The Faith)
February 16, 2009
Jane Anson in Bordeaux


Decanter reviews Wine: The Faith (BBC4, 23 February, 9pm), the second programme in a series focussing on the world of wine.

The BBC's wine series continues with The Faith; a year in the life of Chateau Margaux. 'Which many people,' narrator Matthew Macfadyen says, 'consider to be the world's greatest wine estate.'

Whereas the previous episode highlighted the crass reality of the en primeur circus, this is the face that Bordeaux feels more comfortable showing: the genteel life of a first growth.

The programme takes its title from 'the semi-religious fervour that surrounds these (First Growth) chateaux', and looks at the key figures that contribute to both producing the wine, and to propagating the myth. Owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos comes across as charming and unpretentious � 'I don't deserve this. I was lucky to have this man for a father... I say that every morning' � and the programme ends with her singing as she wanders through the vines with her dog Zorba.

Managing director Pontallier has a rather more mixed reception. He is seen organising a charity dinner in Beijing to raise money for relief efforts after the Sichuan earthquake. 'People have been hurt by this dramatic natural disaster and this is a good way to help them... and to introduce us to Chinese wealthy people,' he says.

In another scene, Decanter manages to scoop the BBC by four years with the story that Margaux is testing its wines under screwcap. But it is still no less fascinating to see the famous label on bottles with Stelvin and synthetic corks, and to watch as all the tasters try to outdo each other with derogatory comments. 'This definitely tastes strange.' 'Yes, and there's a strange smell.'

But the real starring roles go to Herve the butler, who looks enormously pleased to have landed such an enjoyable job, and the various teams working in the vineyard, who are invariably painfully honest.

We are told that ice cream sales in Bordeaux during August 2008 were down 73% on the previous year due to the rain, and while manager Paul Pontallier is describing the weather as, 'not a priori what I would have chosen', the camera cuts to the vineyard manager: 'if the weather continues like this, even if the grapes ripen they will be rotten.'

The Faith will be shown on BBC1 on February 23, 9pm.

# See BBC wine series stars Château Margaux, Berry Bros and South Africa
# Decanter reviews Wine: The Firm
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Message  Matthieu le Mar 24 Fév 2009 - 22:25

Par Sarah Dempster (The Guardian, 23 février 2009).
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9pm, BBC4

To France, then, where a row of arched eyebrows greets the second episode of this gently acidic little documentary. The venue? Chateau Margaux, where massively posh vintners fasten curlicues of hyperbole to their ludicrously overpriced wares ("zees soil 'as genius een eet ... "). While accordions smirk over the consequences of a life spent bent over grapes (liver spots, le appalling backache etc), Matthew Macfadyen buffs up his vowels for a voiceover that squeezes every last drop of wryness from the drama. Fruity.
Laughing Les Anglais font de l'esprit, les Français font du vin, ainsi va le monde...
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Message  Sylvie V le Mer 25 Fév 2009 - 5:10

Et les Canadiens relaxent et savourent le fruit du labeur de tout le monde! Cheerio! Very Happy
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Message  Matthieu le Mer 25 Fév 2009 - 20:28

A la santé des amateurs de grands vins !

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Message  Matthieu le Sam 28 Fév 2009 - 9:27

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Documentary series about the wine industry charts the creation of the 2008 vintage at Margaux, arguably the world's greatest wine estate.

Corinne Mentzelopoulos, daughter of a Greek supermarket tycoon, introduces us to the chateau her family has owned for the past 30 years, as everyone from vineyard worker to chief winemaker looks anxiously at a sky which appears hell-bent on making the year a wretched one. One bottle of this cult wine can cost up to 1,000 pounds a bottle if the vintage is good, but the quality of the vintage is always in the lap of the weather gods.

Blessed by sunshine and a soaring economy in previous years, Margaux has turned itself into the world's luxury wine. From the inside, we track the meticulous cultivation of a top-notch brand, with Margaux's urbane director Paul Pontallier serving the role of chief evangelist as we follow him all the way to China where he is almost mobbed by devotees of Margaux.
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