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Ao Yun 2017
At one of world’s highest vineyards with an altitude of 2200m – 2600m, one can observe the thick wandering clouds, the inspiration to the name “Ao Yun”.
This is the birthplace of Himalaya’s first Grand Cru, a legendary terroir untouched by man (think 100% organic, non-contaminated soil). Not a single road, no electricity, no equipment – most people would have shunned away from such trials and tribulation – but not Maxence Dulou, winemaker from Chateau Cheval Blanc.
Thus begun the bold quest of building a new wine region completely from scratch in the Himalayan foothills located at Northern Yunnan, near the Tibetan province. Manifested by French “savoir-faire”, Ao Yun set out to challenge the status quo and break the “Made-in-China” stereotype.
Encased beautifully in bamboo with intricate patterns inspired by Tibetan art and culture, the newly released 2017 vintage is Ao Yun’s best yet. The addition of Merlot gave the wine a more rounded mouthfeel, increasing its approachability yet retaining its characteristic robust structure, ripe fruit and spicy notes.
To be on cloud nine is to have a glass of Ao Yun in your hand.