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Narrated by Russell Crowe, Red Obsession is a film about “power, passion and the fine wine game.” The Bordeaux region in France has survived revolutions and wars over the course of its history and has still managed to produce the most desirable wine in the world. However, with rising prices due to environmental and cultural circumstances, the traditional markets have not been as profitable as they have been previously.
Enter China. Consumed with owning luxury items that secure their elite status, the Chinese nouveau riche have become wine connoisseurs, paying prices as absurd as $80,000 for one bottle of a special vintage. With winemakers in the Bordeaux region struggling to keep up with demand, this absorbing documentary explores the effects of the Chinese’s newfound passion for wine on the renowned French vineyards.