2015 marks to birth of one of Ao Yun’s greatest years since its first vintage in 2013. An exceptional year, 2015 was one of the hottest and most important vintages in terms of volume.
These climatic conditions brought together all of the components of a superb harvest with perfectly ripe fruits. The 2015 Ao Yun vintage also embodies all of the efforts made by the technical teams under the direction of Maxence Dulou, who has learnt how to tame this unique and singular terroir.
The 2015 Ao Yun is made from a blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), complemented by Cabernet Franc (21%). The 2015 Ao Yun was thus porduced from berries harvest from the terraced villages of Shuori (41%), Adong (31%), Sinong (13%) and Xidang (14%), located at the foot of the sacred mountain of Meili, in the Himalayan region of China.
To compensate for the lack of oxygen due to the high altitude of the vineyard, which is located at 2,600 metres above sea level, malolactic fermentation was carried out in oak barrels and buried terracotta earthenware. During winemaking, oxygen supplies were added to compensate for the 25% loss with respect to the quantities present at sea level. The 2015 Ao Yun was then aged for 12 months in oak barrels, 40% of which were new wood.
At tasting, the 2015 Ao Yun presents a deep and dark colour. The intensely expressive aromatic bouquet opens with smoky and woody notes, with scents of sandalwood and incense. Notes of small red fruit subsequently appear, evolving into a joyful palette of scents of strawberries, cherries and raspberries. The mouth immediately envelops the palate with its voluptuousness and roundness, deploying beautiful, spicy notes, as well as a structure with dense and polished tannins. The finish elegantly lingers on nicely saline, mineral notes. An extraordinary Chinese wine from an exceptional vintage.