Cupaj:90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc
Ao Yun is the inaugural release of the luxury Chinese red from the LVMH stable, owners of Dom Pérignon, Krug and Château d’Yquem. Destined perhaps to emulate the likes of Penfolds Grange in redefining the perception of fine wine production in a specific territory, this is a very interesting proposition.
Ao Yun roughly translates as “sacred cloud” and is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc from a tiny vineyard in the foothills of the Himalayas (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) specifically chosen after years of research. This is a new cuvée has immense pedigree and the buzz in the wine press makes it a very interesting addition to any portfolio.
LVMH's Jean-Guillaume Prats, of Cheval Blanc fame, explains that the vines are farmed by hand (or yak) organically: “There are no mechanics at all because it’s so remote, so everything is done by hand.” He goes on to say that: “It’s very rare and very difficult to produce with the level of human commitment involved.”
The wine has clearly impressed Jancis Robinson who said “many wines claim uniqueness; Ao Yun's claim is incontestable”, Decanter who gave it 94 points and The Wine Gang’s Jane Parkinson who wrote: “If I was scoring this for one of our reports I’d happily have given it a 94, maybe even a 95 or 96.”
As the first release of this flagship Chinese wine and with only 24,000 bottles made, this 2013 is set to become massively collectable.