2017 Ao Yun

Ao Yun

96Average Score
flagShangri-La / China

The Ao Yun vineyards – Moët Hennessy’s Chinese project – are some of the world’s most dramatic and extreme, towering at over 2,000 metres’ altitude over the Mekong. This is undoubtedly the best vintage to date, with each one showing a leap forward in quality as the team gets to know this unique terroir. The 2017 vintage was challenging and the latest harvest to date, with Estate Manager Maxence Dulou deciding to pull back on extraction – something that you can feel in the elegant texture here. The lifted nose is a little wild – with a savoury earthiness, garrigue-like herbs and a crushed-rock minerality. On the palate, there’s remarkable purity and concentration, with a crunch of crystalline redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit bringing real vibrancy to complement the wine’s bramble richness. The texture of this wine is what really stands out, however. There’s a softness and precision here, with extraordinarily fine, seamless tannins. The acidity is mouth-wateringly fresh and saline, balancing the wine’s intensity.

FINE+RARE  (May 2021)

6x75cl-0 Immediate | 60 Marketplace£1,170.00
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