A YEAR IN CHAMPAGNE A film by David Kennard82 minutes, documentary, color, 2014
In English & French w/ English subtitles (optional English SDH)DVD Extras: Four Shorts (Harvest; Vineyard Cabin; Blending at Gosset; Opening a Bottle) • The Champagne Bureau’s “From Terroir to Wine” • About the Winemakers • About the FilmmakersThe exploding cork. Endless tiny bubbles floating up and up in the glass. An indulgence. A celebration. A seduction. A triumph. This is the essence of Champagne, isn’t it? But it’s not just bubbles in a glass that makes the wine, or the mystique. Only sparkling wine produced within the boundaries of the Champagne region is truly “Champagne.”
At first glance, the region is not an obvious source of romance. Champagne’s history is grim and bloody, swept by war and destruction from Attila the Hun to the filthy trenches of WWI and the Nazi depredations of WWII. The environment for winemaking is desperately hard – northerly latitude, chalky soil, copious rain, frost, rot. Yet it’s these difficulties that help make the wine unique.
With renowned wine importer Martine Saunier as our guide, we get a rare glimpse behind the scenes into the real Champagne through six houses, from small independent makers like Champagne Saint-Chamant, where each and every bottle is still turned by hand in the cellars, to the illustrious houses of Gosset and Bollinger which have been instrumental in shaping the image of Champagne around the world. “A fun and effervescent portrait of the people, places, and process behind bubbly.” – Santa Barbara Independent
“A Year in Champagne entertainingly guides viewers through the winemaking process and behind the scenes to hear from the vintners who put the magic in the bottle. Quality production values, engaging scripting and fascinating characters.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“90 minutes of pure happiness!” – Terres de Vins
“A Year in Champagne is such a poetic masterpiece that even the editing and pacing of the film mirrors the process of how the wine is made.” – Newschannel 3 Santa Barbara