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China’s vin­tage.

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.

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