China is known for many things, but wine? When luxury giant, LVMH, explored the foothills of the Himalayas back in 2008, they stumbled onto a terroir that could germinate world-class red wines. Located in the mountains of Yunan province, the area possesses qualities similar to Bordeaux: strong sunlight, lower night temperatures, higher UV values, all factors that result in a drier end-season. Add to that mild winters and “low disease caused by summer rain”, and what you have bodes well for a fantastic red. Called Ao Yun—which means “roaming above the clouds”—its latest is the 2014 vintage. This batch shows more complexity than its previous 2013 vintage due to “better climate conditions”: it’s intense, with a seductive, dark hue bearing hints of spicy cinnamon, the freshness of mint and earthy tones. We had a taste of this dry wine and our palates were awash with a full body that teeters between fruity and mineral notes. After a glass or two, we were a little euphoric, much like drinking among the troposphere.
Ao Yun’s 2014 Vintage is only available through Moët Hennessy Diageo Singapore’s direct sales channel. Price is available on application.