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Back to Burgundy – Film review

A newly released film in the UK throws the spotlight on family politics and ever-rising land prices in the world of Burgundy wine, wrapped in well-shot scenes of the highs and lows of winemaking, writes Rosi Hanson.

What is the film about?

Three siblings are thrown into turmoil when their father dies; the value of the wine estate they inherit is now astronomical.

Inheritance tax must be paid, and they cannot possibly afford it. The film explores the painful family dynamic and how the problem is finally resolved, somewhat improbably without selling out.

Against a scenic backdrop of Burgundian villages and vineyards, the seasons pass, beautifully shot, and we see the work in the vines, vat-house and cellar. There is a great Paulee (end-of-harvest party) scene.


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