• Shadows in the Vineyard

  • The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine
  • By: Maximillian Potter
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 29-07-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (2 ratings)

Summary

Journalist Maximillian Potter uncovers a fascinating plot to destroy the vines of La Romanée-Conti, Burgundy's finest and most expensive wine.
In January 2010, Aubert de Villaine, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the tiny, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison - a crime that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder - unless he paid a one million euro ransom. Villaine believed it to be a sick joke, but that proved a fatal miscalculation and the crime shocked this fabled region of France. The sinister story that Vanity Fair journalist Maximillian Potter uncovered would lead to a sting operation by some of France's top detectives, the primary suspect's suicide, and a dramatic investigation. This botanical crime threatened to destroy the fiercely traditional culture surrounding the world's greatest wine.
Shadows in the Vineyard takes us deep into a captivating world full of fascinating characters, small-town French politics, an unforgettable narrative, and a local culture defined by the twinned veins of excess and vitality and the deep reverent attention to the land that runs through it.
©2014 Maximillian Potter (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By dullman on 28-03-15

Fascinating history of wine

Really enjoyed the story along with the history of wine, terroir, & the families. A really good story even if you are not "into" wine.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shane Dalzell on 05-08-18

Worth a credit of you like wine

Good light story, heavy on the history which I liked. The end was a little bit of a letdown but that certainly isn't the author's fault. Liked it.

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