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Commissioning broadcaster

France 3

Program type

  • Drama
    • Procedural / Police

Benjamin Lebel is a leading light in his field: an internationally-renowned wine expert, he publishes a keenly-awaited new guide every year. So it’s only natural that Police Inspector Barbaroux turns to him when he finds himself hunting a serial killer who combines murders and… Grand Crus! Aided by his assistant, young wine expert Virgile, and Mathilde, the head of his lab, Benjamin joins in the hunt. Benjamin’s intuition – and his nose! – makes him want to solve the puzzling case, leading him to carry out a parallel investigation. In the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards, in the region of Cognac or in Champagne, Benjamin’s expertise goes way beyond liquors and the finest wines: having caught the investigative bug, Benjamin answers present for each new case.
Whether it’s to find out who intentionally contaminated the vats at Château Erlange, who killed Baptiste Alulel, a highly gifted assembler of Cognac vintages, or who’s prepared to kill to get their hands on a plot of miraculous land, Benjamin, in the company of his two trusty partners, uses his nose to unravel the cases.

Pierre Arditi fills the role with elegance and virtuosity of a new kind of investigator, in the heart of the vineyards and in the sumptuous settings of the loveliest wine-growing regions in France. Every conclusive episode features a guest who completes the team: Marisa Berenson, Judith Magre or Feodor Atkine, for example. Adapted from the crime collection published by FAYARD, THE BLOOD OF THE VINE is a series of full-bodied yet light thrillers!

He has got flair. The wine expert, Benjamin Lebel, helps local law enforcement investigate crimes connected to the vineyards.


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  • Radio-Canada (Canada)
  • AXN Mystery (Japan)
  • CANVAS (Belgium)
  • RTBF (Belgium)
  • La7 (Italy)
  • RTS (Switzerland)
  • RSI (Switzerland)
  • HRT (Croatia)
  • RUV (Iceland)
  • TV2 (Denmark)



Financial partners

Region Aquitaine, RTS, CNC

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