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Ao Yun - Yunnan, China 2013

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Description & Technical Information
The vineyards of Ao Yun are located in Adong, Shuori, Sinong and Xidang, just below the sacred Meili Mountain at altitudes varying from 2,200 to 2,600 metres, allowing the Cabernet Sauvignon to give its finest expression of a unique terroir. Due to the altitude, the climate is hotter and drier than the vineyards at ground level, with only 250mm of rain falling during the summer months - by comparison Bordeaux experiences 750mm. The days of intense sunshine and UV exposure combined with cool nights provides good photosynthesis, great concentration, thick skins, small berries and deeply coloured wines. The grapes are farmed organically due to a lack of mildew or botrytits, hence no need for chemicals to be sprayed.

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.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Adong, Shuori, Sinong, Xidang
Grape Varieties: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Drink: Now to 2035

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).
Expert Reviews
John Stimpfig
“Ao Yun 2013 A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, this is a bold, dramatic and compelling debut wine from winemaker Maxence Dulou. Particularly impressive is the strong sense and imprint of place which is partially revealed‚Ķ”
Jancis Robinson MW
“Debut vintage, decanted well in advance.
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. ”
News Articles
  1. Ao Yun 2013: China's First Fine Wine

    Ao Yun 2013: China's First Fine Wine

    October 3, 2016

    Read the article on China's first Fine Wine 'Ao Yun 2013" backed by LVMH. Vineyards situated in one of the most remote parts of the Shangri-La region.
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