Lafite to re­lease first Chi­nese fine wine next fall

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Taste -

AF­TER a long 10-year wait, the French wine­maker be­hind the pres­ti­gious Lafite brand is ready to re­lease its first Chi­nese wine next fall.

In an in­ter­view with wine magazine De­can­ter, Do­maines Barons de Roth­schild (DBR), par­ent com­pany of Chateau Lafite Roth­schild, said they ex­pect to re­lease their first bot­tles of Chi­nese wines by au­tumn 2018.

The re­lease will mark a grand de­but out of one of the most hotly an­tic­i­pated wine projects in re­cent years and co­in­cide with a 10-year mile­stone.

The Do­maine de Penglai project was born in 2008.

In­stead of plant­ing vine­yards in China's more fa­mous wine re­gion Ningxia – home to 250 wine com­pa­nies – DBR chose to plant their flag near the city of Penglai on the Shang­dong Penin­sula in eastern China. The hilly green penin­sula has a cen­tu­ry­long his­tory of wine­mak­ing.

Ri­val LVMH, mean­while, chose Yun­nan prov­ince to plant their vine­yards.

This fall marks DBR's fifth har­vest. Of the 25ha planted in 2011, 55% is Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, 15% Caber­net France, 10% Syrah, 10% Marse­lan and 10% Mer­lot.

Ac­cord­ing to De­can­ter, another 25ha is slated to be planted in 2018.

The ini­tial run is ex­pected to be be­tween 2,000 to 3,000 cases and will be sold mostly within China.

China is on track to be­come the world's sec­ond largest wine con­sumer in value be­hind the United States by 2020, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sta­tis­tics out of the In­ter­na­tional Wine and Spirit Re­search group.

A stalled econ­omy and anti-cor­rup­tion laws, how­ever, have slowed Chi­nese wine con­sump­tion in the last year.

— AFP

Chi­nese vine­yard near Penglai penin­sula in eastern China’s Shan­dong prov­ince.

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