Grape ex­pec­ta­tions

New bub­bles, Napa gems, China’s lux­ury red and fes­tive cheer make James Suck­ling’s monthly round-up of in­dus­try news

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life Wine -

china’s Best

Moët Hen­nessy chose Vin­expo in May for the Asia launch of its first Chi­nese wine, Ao Yun, and the tiny first bot­tling kept tasters re­turn­ing for more. “It was in­ter­est­ing to have so many vis­i­tors try the wine and come back with col­leagues to taste it again,” said Max­ence Du­lou, the French wine­maker of the Ao Yun win­ery, which is lo­cated in the north­west­ern part of Yun­nan Province near the city of Shangri-la, named after the utopia of the novel Lost Hori­zon. The grapes come from 27 hectares of vine­yards set be­tween 2,200 and 2,600 me­tres in the re­mote moun­tains. About 3,000 bot­tles of the first vin­tage, 2013, were pro­duced and the price is about 300 euros per bot­tle. The young wine shows won­der­ful aro­mas of black­berry, blue­berry and olives with hints of bark. It’s full and very silky with firm and pol­ished tan­nins. This is clearly the best wine ever made in China. Can’t wait for fu­ture vin­tages. 93 points

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