“This vintage symbolizes the enhancement through a challenging climate compensated by great adaptation in the vineyard and in our winemaking. We managed to harvest powerful but ripe grapes and transformed them into a concentrated but fresh and velvety wine.”– Maxence Dulou, Estate & Technical Director, Ao Yun
In 2017, less than 60% of the grapes harvested met the stringent quality criteria to make it into the final blend.
In 2017 we crafted 2928 cases of 12b, 2000 Mg and 50 Double Mg of Ao Yun.
The final blend is:
- By village: Adong 21%, Shuori 32%, Sinong 14%, Xidang 33%
- By grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 72%, Cabernet Franc 19%, Syrah 4%, Petit Verdot 3% and Merlot 2%
The resulting blend has a deep, dark color.
Aromas on the nose of fresh black fruit such as blackcurrant, game, autumn forest floor, a cold fireplace, earth…
On the palate, it is more concentrated, rounder than previous vintages also thanks to the Merlot, with more of a velvety touch, which is followed by Ao Yun’s signature long, salty mineral finish.
After decanting, the wine displays notes of fresh fruits, cigar box, ink, leather…
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