AO YUN

Read Linden's fuller report on his visit to Ao Yun Estate here. You can also download a printer-friendly PDF version here.

 

One of the most interesting wine estate visits of my career took place in June this year when I travelled to the Ao Yun vineyards and winery in northeast Yunnan, near Tibet. Here LVMH are making, in partnership with local famers, a luxury quality Cabernet Sauvignon with a unique character. The debut vintage, 2013, and now 2014, are available for purchase. Both express this special terroir a little differently, and each has qualities deserving your attention.
 
The chance to taste 2016 in the winery, barrel by barrel, vineyard plot by vineyard plot gave me a clearer sense of where Ao Yun is heading. Time will tell if the world fine wine market will accept this newcomer estate and region into the club, but they did with Bolgheri and they did with Napa before that. So perhaps it is not so much if, but when. From what I have tasted and experienced, the ingredients for this are in place; the quality and the trajectory are there.

My tasting notes for the 2013 and 2014 are below, and our stock is available for immediate delivery to you. 

2013 Ao Yun
A clear, deep shade of garnet; a lifted, fresh, leafy, breezy sort of nose, a cool expression of varietal Cabernet Sauvignon, with a hint of earth and dark chocolate; fine, fleshy, fresh with a really zippy acidity which is set strikingly against the concentration and intensity of the dark fruit. The taste is pure fruit expression – no sense of oak – and it is bold and complex – ranging from confit tomato to blackcurrant to espresso. The expression is a little raw and wild, not fully refined, but bursting with energy. A pinch to the somewhat edgy cool finish. 93.
 
2014 Ao Yun
Deep purple in the glass; a lovely open nose, floral, very Cabernet Sauvignon varietal vibrancy, some pencil shavings in the background; on the palate this is very fresh, juicy and fine-textured, with polished tannins, intense blackcurrant-like fruitiness, and good fresh extension on the finish. 93.

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Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2013 Ao Yun 750 OC1 8 8 2,750 - HK
2013 Ao Yun 1500 OC1 10 10 6,080 - HK
2013 Ao Yun 750 OWC6 33 198 2,750 - HK
2014 Ao Yun 750 BOTTLE 1 1 2,200 - HK
2014 Ao Yun 750 OWC6 9 54 2,200 - HK
2014 Ao Yun 750 BOTTLE 2 2 2,200 - SHOP
2013 Ao Yun
750 ml OC1 HK HKD 2,750 / BTL 8 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
8
Qty of btl
8
Btl price (HKD)
2,750
Score
-
Location
HK
2013 Ao Yun
1500 ml OC1 HK HKD 6,080 / BTL 10 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
10
Qty of btl
10
Btl price (HKD)
6,080
Score
-
Location
HK
2013 Ao Yun
750 ml OWC6 HK HKD 2,750 / BTL 33 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
33
Qty of btl
198
Btl price (HKD)
2,750
Score
-
Location
HK
2014 Ao Yun
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,200 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
2,200
Score
-
Location
HK
2014 Ao Yun
750 ml OWC6 HK HKD 2,200 / BTL 9 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
9
Qty of btl
54
Btl price (HKD)
2,200
Score
-
Location
HK
2014 Ao Yun
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 2,200 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
2,200
Score
-
Location
SHOP
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