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2013 Ao Yun Cabernet Sauvignon Yunnan

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$280.00
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AVAILABLE TO SHIP/DELIVER WITHIN 5 BUSINESS DAYS 94 Points, Decanter: A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, this is a bold, dramatic and compelling debut wine from winemaker Maxence...

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Ao Yun is Moët Hennessy's new Chinese winery located in the remote and utterly breathtaking (almost literally) Himalayan mountain terroir in the Yunnan Province. The venture was spearheaded by MH CEO Jean-Guillaume Prats, former director of  Château Cos d’Estournel, and winemaker Maxence Dulou, who previously worked at Château Quinault l'Enclos. Together they have embarked on an incredibly ambitious and challenging journey to create China's first top-quality, luxury wine and, after having tasted it recently, we believe they have succeeded. 


94 Points, Decanter: 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 by its saturated colour, exquisite ripeness, silky, grainy tannins and exciting freshness. The palate also provides sweet black and red cherry fruit overlaid with cool graphite, camphor as well as notes of juniper, pepper and cumin. Most surprising of all is the 15.1% alcohol which is both balanced and well hidden in the texture and freshness. It’s difficult to predict how long the wine will age and develop. But all the elements are there for a long and happy life.

The most exciting thing for me was that the oak influence on most of the samples was minimal.
What I was tasting was wines most influenced by the pure vineyard characters. They were fully ripe but extremely well balanced with real, confident, unique personalities of their own.”
Jancis Robinson, MW, JancisRobinson.com

Wine Details

Bottle Size 750ml
Vintage 2013
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Ao Yun
Region Yunnan
Appellation No
Color Red
Future Arrival Yes
Country China
Featured Product Yes
Price $280.00

James Suckling (JS) Review

JS 93
Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and olives. Hints of bark and mushroom. Currants. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a beautiful finish. A lovely dark fruit undertone. Minerally and very fine. Made of Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc. This is 28 hectares in total. The vines have 10 years. It’s all handmade. Beautiful structure and depth. This is a wine that really impresses with all the finesse and quality of tannins. Goes on for minutes. Better in 2020 but so fine now.
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