"The taste of the HIMALAYAS" "Flying above the clouds" is the story of an epic journey to a mystical place where an exceptional spirit of craft is encountered.
No Mountain Too High 4 years to find and 4 days to reach, Ao Yun winery is sited next to the never-summited Meili Mountain, a testament to the daunting inaccessibility of the Himalayas. With neither road nor electricity in places, LVMH faced and surmounted fears every step of the way in their quest to find the ideal terroir.
By creating a world-class wine on par with the icons of the world, here in China they are rewritting the rules of winemaking with a new legend that inspires both sense and imagination.
2013 - the first vintage produced by Ao Yun
The world-renowned luxury group is embarking on a new adventure in China, more precisely near the legendary city of Shangri-La, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Ao Yun is the name of this wine, meaning "flying above the clouds" in the local language, born in 2013 and coming from several vineyards located at altitudes between 2,200 and 2,600 meters! Produced in very limited quantities, this is a rare wine that may become a pioneer among high-end Chinese wines.
Tasting Note: A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, from the Northwest corner of the Yunnan province. The vineyards are managed organically, with a total of 28ha planted. A very complex wine.
Complexity, freshness, elegance and subtle tannins make up the unique character of this new Himalayan terroir. Several layers of aromas are subtly evolving during the tasting, from red fruits through soft spices until tea leaves and mild tobacco.
Country: Yunnan, China Rating: 95 Points by James Suckling