Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Red Obsession

The "red" in the title of David Roach's and Warwick Ross's new documentary "Red Obsession" refers to two things: the Bordeaux wines of the top four French châteaux (Lafite-Rothschild, Margaux, Latour et Haut-Brion), which yielded generational vintages in the back-to-back years of 2009 and 2010, and the status-seeking Chinese nouveau riche (including the country's dildo king), who drove their prices to unprecedented (but not necessarily unsustainable) levels.

This slick, breezy feature runs only 77 minutes in length, but is marked by high production values and follows its subject all over the world, from France to Shanghai to the remote west of China, where the government gets the idea to start making wine of its own. This is good, well-researched infotainment, aspirational fun whether you are or are not a connoisseur. Russell Crowe narrates.

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