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Ao Yun - Yunnan, China 2013
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|Ao Yun - Yunnan, China 2013 - 75cl||Ao Yun - Yunnan, China 2013 - 75cl||£219.95||£223.95||£225.95|
Cellar Master: Maxence Dulou
Winery Location: Adong | Himalayan Mountains, China
Annual Production (bottles): 24,000
This wine is the first of its kind and is therefore unsurprisingly incredibly exclusive: just 2,000 cases have been produced and due to the remote area of vineyard, there is little room for expansion. Only 500 bottles have been released in the UK.
Vineyards: Adong, Shuori, Sinong, Xidang
Grape Varieties: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Tasting Note: The fruit in the wine is fleshy and rich and its soft structure is very fresh on the palate. This blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with a slight amount of Merlot is all aged in 40% new oak. The great quality tannins suggest this wine has some life ahead of it, but equally is very pleasurable to drink right now.
Ao Yun 2013 is displayed in a magnificent branded wooden box (as shown in the bottom left picture).
A blend of 80-85% Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, whose fresh, leafy aroma made itself felt on the finish. Excellent, deep vibrant purplish crimson. Very intense with the exceptional clarity and intensity of a high-elevation wine like Ribera del Duero. Sumptuous nose but on the palate the acidity is evident with some extremely soft tannins. Very persistent and impressive. Not sweet but very good. ”
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Ao Yun History
Ao Yun is the fruit of an ambitious venture initiated by Christophe Navarre, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MoŽt Hennessy: the creation of a new winery in a virgin terroir where vineyards had never before been planted. The venture began in 2009, when Navarre enlisted Australian enologist Tony Jordan (who had established Chandon in Australia and managed the company's other wine estates there) to undertake a several-year-long search throughout China for the best terroir. Jordan rejected provinces in which other producers are deeply engaged in the race to produce a great Chinese red. Shandong, an eastern coastal province where Ch‚teau Lafite Rothschild has a joint-project, was too wet. Ningxia, where MoŽt Hennessy founded a Chandon sparkling wine facility on the Yellow River in 2013, was too cold; vines have to be covered up in winter so they don't freeze.
He ended up in the northwestern part of Yunnan province, adjoining Tibet, where Jesuit missionaries had planted vines in the 19th century. In 2002, the local Chinese government helped farmers in 25 or so Tibetan villages on the steep slopes above the Mekong River plant cabernet vines as a way to diversify their crops. MoŽt Hennessy selected four villages, two on each side of the river, at elevations from 7,200 to 8,500 feet, for their grape potential.
The 320 plots of vines the company controls are interspersed with rows of tomato and occasional hashish plants. MoŽt Hennessy has a 50-year lease on the vineyards, a partnership with Chinese baijiu producer VATS. The closest major city is Shangri-La, named for the peaceful utopia in the novel Lost Horizon. With its fantastic potential, rich culture and breathtaking landscapes, the Yunnan region in the Himalayan foothills was the ideal location for this initiative. Some 300 hectares of vines were planted by Chinese authorities in 2002. MoŽt Hennessy and estate director Maxence Dulou embarked on the bold challenge of developing a French grape variety that had never been grown at 2,600 meters.
Thanks to the altitude, the climate is dry and cool, but because of shadows from the mountains, there's sunlight only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The growing cycle is 160 days from flowering to harvest, longer than the 120 in Bordeaux. Local farmers have worked these lands for centuries, building terraces on the steep mountainsides. Guided by this artisanal culture with a deep respect for nature, Ao Yun has been developed from small parcels of vines, totaling 30 hectares around four villages. The grape harvest and production is done by hand by residents of the villages.
Ao Yun means "flying above the clouds", a reference to the clouds that cap the summits of the Himalayan mountains. Reinventing the concept of luxury, the estate's first wine, the 2013 vintage, is a truly exceptional and rare experience.