Ao Yun, Red 750ml 2014China, Yunnan Province
After 4 years of searching across China, Moët Hennessy came across the perfect site to produce Ao Yun in the northern province of Yunnan. Watch this video to see just how special this project is.
‘Elegant lightly leafy nose and a rocky minerality, dark Cabernet Franc fruit. Rich and dense with some savoury complexity on the mid palate… Excellent balance and length and clearly has ageing potential.’ – JancisRobinson.com
Ao Yun, meaning ‘flying above the clouds’, is exposed to exceptional conditions and temperatures similar to those of Bordeaux. Not far from the legendary city of Shangri-La, the vineyards range between 2,200 – 2,600m above sea level. It’s this altitude that allows the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to express the refinement of such a unique terroir. To respect time-honoured local traditions, the harvest and winemaking process is done entirely by hand.
'Deep crimson. Elegant lightly leafy nose and a rocky minerality, dark Cabernet Franc fruit. Rich and dense with some savoury complexity on the mid palate. Definitely has a Loire Cab Franc feel to it. Very good chewy tannins. Excellent balance and length and clearly has ageing potential. Persistent.' – Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 16.5+/20
'This full-bodied red offers ripe cherry and plum flavors, along with herb and spice notes, in a thick texture backed by muscular tannins and balsamic acidity. Rich and ripe, in the modern style. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.' – Wine Spectator, 89/100
'Moët Hennessy gave us the chance to do something every winemaker dreams of: discover a new terroir and be part of creating a great wine while respecting an incredibly rich culture in the midst of breathtaking landscapes.' – Maxence Dulou, Estate Manager
Produced in the foothills of the Himalayas, near the legendary city of Shangri-La, Ao Yun is the fruit of an exceptional adventure that pushes the frontiers in winemaking, by creating a wine estate in a previously unexplored terroir.
After four years of searching across China to find the ideal terroir to produce a red wine worthy of comparison with the world’s greatest wines, the perfect site was found in the north of the Yunnan province. Situated on the banks of the Mekong River, the region harbors fabulous potential for producing wine, a remote little corner of paradise nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, not far from the legendary city of Shangri-La.
Located in the villages of Adong, Xidang, Sinong and Shuori at the foot of the sacred Meili mountain, Ao Yun vineyards range in altitude from 2,200 to 2,600 meters, enabling the cabernet sauvignon grape to express the full refinement of this unique terroir. Local farmers have worked these lands for centuries, adapting their farming techniques to the steep mountainsides.
To respect time-honored local tradition, the grape harvest and winemaking are done entirely by hand. The Ao Yun terroir enjoys exceptional climatic conditions, with temperatures similar to those of Bordeaux. Ao Yun means 'flying above the clouds', a reference to the clouds that cap the summits of the surrounding mountain chains.
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