This is a documentary about how the masters of Bordeaux are propelling the insanity around fine wine and getting mega rich in the process. Back in the 80’s and 90’s, the US was the biggest consumer of top tiered wines. As we are currently in a terminal state of anxiety ridden lackluster economic performance, the Chinese have taken over the Bordeaux futures. Prices are unreachable, so the traditional base of consumers (who actually have style and finesse) are looking elsewhere for great wine that’s affordable.
At the end of the day, one cannot purchase style, finesse or grace-no matter how big your cellar or offshore bank accounts are. I had the grotesque privilege (during my stint as executive chef – Park Hyatt Beijing) of seeing my Chinese big wheeling guests pour coke into a glass of ’83 Margaux, ice in a ’85 Cheval Blanc and baiju in a decantor of ’78 Clos du Estronal. I will forever be scarred by some of the things I saw in that hotel.
Writers: David Roach, Warwick Ross