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Moët Hennessy’s luxury Chinese wine – Ao Yun

When tasting Ao Yun for the first time, I was stunned. China is on the fine wine map in a big way and this could be an indicator of change in the wine ‘world order’! We are excited to receive an allocation of this luxury wine from such an incredible region. What does it taste like? It’s similar to Bordeaux, with ample elegance and fine tannins, and it’s packed with rich fruit and excellent poise.

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.

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Ao Yun 2014


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.

Wine Cellar offers the greatest wine region in the world en-primeur (as futures). 2017 will be our 17th Bordeaux campaign and will be offered from April 2018 onwards for delivery in 2020.
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