May Cinéclub and natural wine tasting

  • May 17, 2019 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Alliance Française 5 Library Place Tel: 01534 875 655
  • £4 (AF members) / £6 (non-members).
  • Cinema

In addition to the usual screening this month, the Alliance Française invites you to taste natural wines. They come from two Norman-based (Coutances) wine merchants: La cave Coutançaise and Le chat qui boit. The tasting will be followed by the screening of Wine Calling (2018), a documentary by Bruno Sauvard.

In French with English subtitles.


Recently the world of wine has been in full effervescence, shaken by a counter culture. All around the world, joyous rebels have invaded the vineyards to create the wine they love: a natural wine free of codes and norms. While there are more than 3,000 wine growers in France, less than 3 percent of them are working in bio, biodynamic or natural methods of wine production. For ethical reasons, this relatively small community of wine growers has chosen environmentally friendly farming practices aimed at finding the natural expression of “terroir” – the full breadth of land, geography and climate – and the living character of the wine. Wine calling has followed over a year, from the harvest to the bottling, some of the most exciting of these new wine growers, springboard of a rising global movement for taste and sustainability.

Depuis une dizaine d’années, le monde du vin est en pleine effervescence, bousculé par une contre-culture. Un peu partout en France et plus particulièrement en Occitanie, de joyeux rebelles ont investi nos terroirs pour inventer le vin qu’ils aiment : naturel et sans artifice. Bien plus qu’un vin bio, c’est un vin d’émotion et de réaction, un vin qu’aucun label ne régit, un vin libre. Wine Calling part à la rencontre de ces nouveaux vignerons qui réinventent notre rapport au vivant. Ces hommes et ces femmes préfigurent une agriculture paysanne en mouvement. Solidaire, éthique, festive, une nouvelle utopie émerge de nos coteaux.