|Oak Treatment||French Oak|
|Total Varietal Composition %||60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 7% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot|
"The nose is expressive of Himalayan freshness with purity, finesse, and complexity. Black fruit sorbet mixed with toasted bread, cold fireplace, tea leaves, thyme, coffee. Sweet and fresh. The texture in the mouth is also fine with dense but a fresh and silky texture with a balance between creaminess and tension. The finish with length and salinity is the signature of Ao Yun." - Maxence Dulou, Ao Yun Estate and Technical Director.
Ao Yun is an ambitious project by LVMH to create a unique, world-class wine estate in an ideal but new environment. The famed Australian winemaker, Dr. Tony Jordan, was commissioned to find such a place. He found his way to the foothills of the Himalayas in Yunnan, near the legendary and remote villages of Shangri-La. There he found not only conditions that reminded him of Bordeaux but also the remnants of a wholly forgotten series of vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which had been introduced by French missionaries in the 1800s. The weather station he implemented locally in 2010 has provided 12 years of weather data to show the Shangri-La climate is a hybrid one between Bordeaux and Napa in term of temperature/sun/rain depending on season.