In 1983 Pascal Marchand, a 21-year-old aspiring poet from Montreal, arrived in the mythical land of Burgundy to work the harvest. Immediately enchanted, he settled there and embarked on an unlikely path to winemaking stardom. Three decades later, he is renowned as an artist and innovator, finding his inspiration in the techniques of the medieval Cistercian monks who meticulously studied and refined Burgundy’s winemaking. Captured over the catastrophic 2016 season, which saw devastating frosts, hailstorms, and disease in the vineyards, Grand Cru is both a love letter and a cautionary tale, as winemakers like Pascal face the unpredictable and destructive consequences of climate change.
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Q&A winemaker Pascal Marchand with Reception
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Q&A with winemaker Pascal Marchand
Saturday, Apr. 20 2019, 7:15
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Pascal Marchand was hired to be the winemaker at Clos des Épeneaux by Comte Armand in 1985, where he revived the estate so that it was regarded as the best in the region of Pommard. In 1999, he guided Domaine de la Vougeraie to become a top name in Burgundy. By 2006, he formed his own eponymous winery before partnering with Niagara’s Moray Tawse in 2010 to create Maison Marchand-Tawse.
Followed by a reception featuring Marchand-Tawse Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016, one of the wines from the film.
This film is part of the Focus on Nature 2019 series.
Focus on Nature is presented in partnership with Scenic Hudson and Groundwork Hudson Valley and made possible through generous support from the Hoch family and the van Hengel Family Fund.