Director: David Roach, Warwick Ross
Starring: France and China
Its official, China has become the new Superpower of the world. They have more billionaires now than America and in keeping with the Chinese tradition of copying everything the west does they are now upgrading their status through French wine. Historically recognized as the capital for wine production, Bordeaux has been swamped with orders from China, driving the price up so high, there isn't much left for the rest of us. Tragically most of the bottles are sitting in some dark cellar never to be drunk. Too expensive!
With Russell Crowe narrating at the head of the bus we are taken on a luxurious tour guide through the vineyards of Bordeaux meeting the eccentric vintners and being convinced that the dirt here is magical. Halfway through the tour we come across a bus load of Chinese tourists and gasp in horror as they all pile out sipping on bottles of Chateau Lafite 1787 - mixed with coke-a-cola!
This is a great documentary and insight into not only the wine industry, but the changing values around the world. It's funny in places and serious enough to make you take notice, although nearing the end of the film it felt a little repetitive and they could have maybe talked about other countries. We all know that China is slowly taking over the world and after all those years of being repressed, the dragon has finally awoken... and boy is he thirsty. ROB