A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, this is a bold, dramatic and compelling debut wine from (Moët Hennessy) 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. Drink 2018-2035. 94 points, John Stimpfig, Decanter.
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… 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. 93 points, James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Complexity, freshness, elegance and subtle tannins make up the unique character of this new Himalayan terroir, which Ao Yun 2013 expresses for the first time. Intense, deep dark colour followed by several layers of aromas which develop subtly, intertwine and evolve with time in the glass. Intense red fruit, cassis and cherry, evolving to dark currant, spices, mint, tea leaves and mild tobacco. On the palate, exuberant ripe red fruit, cherry stone, with a certain spiciness, mild tobacco and minerality – captivating and penetrating flavours. The wine is light with fine, supple and silky tannins. Persistent red fruit finish with very precise, chiseled tannins. Very harmonious, sophisticated, delicate wine with a long finish. Maxence Dulou, Winemaker.
The 2013 Ao Yun red wine from the Yunnan Province… is quite amazing… (It) shows an alluring fragrance of redcurrants and flowers. On the palate, it brings elegance and pleasing sweet tannins to the fore. The wine's flavours, reminiscent of the Right Bank of Bordeaux or perhaps Sonoma Mountain in California, stay in the red fruit, savoury spice, and forest floor areas of the flavour wheel... Ao Yun means ‘flying above the clouds’ and refers to the clouds that cap the summits of the Himalayan mountains. This wine is just beginning to open up, and will require a few years of bottle age before it reveals its true essence. It marks the beginning of what could become a wine growing region of significant international importance. 93 points, Wilfred Wong, wine.com (August 2016).
The 2013 Ao Yun Shangri-La is the best Chinese wine I have ever tasted. The blended red, which is Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc, has the structure and backbone comparable to top reds from around the world. It’s wonderful to drink now but will be even better in three to four years (2020) when the firm tannins soften. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Deep-coloured, luscious 2013 Ao Yun is certainly the best red from China I’ve yet sampled. The blend... is ripely fruity, dark, and powerful, with a spicy tang, a hint of licorice, and a silky smooth texture. It’s 15 percent alcohol and tastes unique, something like a combo of a Spanish Ribera del Duero and a Napa cult cab. There’s tons of tannin, so it should age for a long, long time. Elin McCoy, Bloomberg