Moet Hennessy to bottle first Chinese red wine


Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines, producers of wines including Cloudy Bay and Cheval des Andes, is due to bottle its highly anticipated Chinese red wine within the next few weeks, with an international launch due for Autumn 2015.

Image: Vineyards in Yunnan province near to the Tibetan border, where Moet Hennessy is producing a Chinese red wine © Jane Anson

The wine, which is grown in the Himalayan mountains in the northern reaches of Yunnan Province on the borders of Tibet, is made with Cabernet Sauvignon grown at altitudes between 2,200m and 2,600m above sea level.

Although an exact launch date is not yet decided, it is likely to be October 2015 in Europe and the US, then China in January 2016.

‘We spent four years searching for the right location for quality red wine in China,' Estates & Wines president Jean-Guillaume Prats told ‘There are many logistical challenges to producing in this remote mountainous region, but the long-growing season and dry sunny autumns give thick-skinned, small berries with concentration and freshness.’

The name of the wine is Ao Yun, which means sacred cloud, referring to the sacred Meili Mountain that provides the backdrop for the vineyards.

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