Niels Arestrup is cast as Paul de Marseul – owner of a prestigious chateau and winery in Saint-Émilion – who is dismayed at the prospect of his bookish son Martin (Lorànt Deutsch) taking on the family vineyard. Winemaking requires creativity, persistence, and technical know-how matched with an equal amount of passion for the job. Frankly, Martin just hasn’t turned out to be the son Paul dreamed of.
When he discovers a suitable successor in Philippe (Nicolas Bridet), the son of his steward François (Patrick Chesnais), Paul feels his prayers have been answered. He showers Philippe with attention and praise, neglecting his own son who craves consideration and love from his father. But an unexpected tragedy occurs that will upset all plans and dynamics of the family.