The gray skies and seemingly endless drizzle all this week are a good match for the downbeat mood of the Burgundians this spring. The April 27th frost that wiped out some 60-80% of the crop has left many of the vignerons reeling. The prospect of yet another tiny harvest, on top of similar losses in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014, is awfully hard to swallow.
That said, most of our producers seem optimistic for the future of Burgundy, but many will struggle to find a way through some very difficult financial setbacks. There are whispers of various vineyard parcels being sold to investors – pieces of a family’s heritage being sacrificed to keep them afloat in the short term.
Amidst all of this, we’ve started filming Three Days of Glory, a documentary feature I’m working on with film-maker David Baker. The first few days of shooting have been nothing short of magical. Great in-depth interviews with Thiébault Huber, Thierry Violot-Guillemard, and Patrick Essa so far, with some revealing insight into their thoughts for the future of Burgundy.
The weather hasn’t been very cooperative, but we were blessed with a few windows of clearing skies and beautiful light that allowed us to get out in the vineyards and explore the extent of the frost damage. With David’s ultra-cool drone camera, we were able to fly over the vineyards and villages and capture some spectacular aerial footage. We’ll start cutting together a little teaser-trailer when I return in July – I’ll let you know when we’ve got something to show you.
In the meantime, we continue shooting and interviewing for the next few days, and then a group of customers arrive on Sunday for our annual Insider’s Tour of Burgundy, a one-week immersion and master-class in the wines, people and food of this magical, wonderful place.