Bordeaux blend wine is very popular among wine lovers, it is also a benchmark of good quality wine, so that’s why so many wineries around the world try to produce high quality Bordeaux blend wines to prove to the world that they can also make wine that is as good as Bordeaux.
I attended Moet Hennessy wine tasting event recently and met with Mr. Jean-Guillaume Prats, Moet Hennessy’s President & CEO of Estate and Wine in person. I learnt a great quote from him about wine - “People don’t drink the wine, they drink the story!” I couldn’t agree more! Aoyun wine is the first wine project of Moet Hennessy in China. It’s the highest vineyard in the world with 2300m above sea level in Adong mountain. They handpicked all grapes from the organic vineyards. According to Aoyun’s winemaker Maxence Dulou, the climate of Himalayas is very similar to Bordeaux, so they can produce wine that is similar to Bordeaux. This wine is made of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. It’s elegant and silky with vanilla, herbaceous, black plums and toasty notes. It’s really an outstanding wine from China. If you blind taste it, you may have guessed that it’s a Grand Cru classification from Bordeaux. The first vintage of 2013 only produced 24000 bottles, this interesting story can surely attract you to own a bottle or try it out.
Another winery that surprises my perception towards Chinese wine technology is Silver Heights Winery. I attended the vertical tasting of Silver Heights Winery lately with the winery owner and winemaker Ms. Emma Gao. We tasted 7 wines, including vertical tasting of 5 vintages of The Summit (Bordeaux blend, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015 vintages). If you blind taste these wines, you’d guess that they are Bordeaux Grand Cru classe wines as well. Among the 5 vintages, I like 2011 most, it’s elegant with dried roses, with higher acidity than 2010, and it has black pepper and lively fruity notes. The story of Silver Heights is very inspiring and I also admire Emma’s courage and hardworking a lot. Her dad encouraged her to study oenology and she went to Bordeaux to study it in 1999, without knowing much about wine making and French, she is really amazing in getting the certified oenologist from Bordeaux. She has also met her husband, Thierry Courtade, the winemaker from Chateau Calon Ségur, and his family has been winemakers for 3 generations. Emma brought her winemaking skills and romance back to China and produced many award- winning wines. Don’t you want to try her wines with this inspiring and romantic story?
波爾多風格(Bordeaux blend)的葡萄酒實 在是太多人接受及喜愛,亦是優秀葡萄酒的指 標,因此很多不同國家的酒莊也會釀製出色的 Bordeaux blend,希望証明不是在波爾多也能 做出像波爾多那麼出色的葡萄酒。
早前出席 Moet Hennessy 的葡萄酒品酒會, 跟其葡萄酒部主席 Jean-Guillaume Prats 會 面,席間他引用了一句話來形容葡萄酒,他說: 「People don’t drink the wine, they drink the story !」我個腦即刻叮一聲,真的十分認同他 的説法!「敖云」是 Moet Hennessy 於中國 開發的第一個葡萄酒計劃,於海拔 2300 米的 阿東雪山(Adong)高地種植,屬於全球最高 的葡萄園!葡萄種植以有機方法為主,以全人 手精心釀造。據法國籍釀酒師 Maxence Dulou 說,喜馬拉雅山脈氣候與法國波爾多相近, 因此釀造出來的酒也跟波爾多很接近。此酒以 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 及 10% Cabernet Franc 釀造,入口細滑,帶雲尼拿、香草、黑梅、 橡木等味道,非常優雅,我從來未試過如此高 質素的國產酒,還要是有機酒,盲試的話,可 能會以為這是波爾多列級莊的出品! 2013 年 全球限量 24,000 支,這有趣的故事絶對吸引 你想擁有它或試試它。
另一個令我對中國釀造葡萄酒的技術另眼相看 的是位於寧夏的銀色高地酒莊。近日出席了女 釀酒師兼莊主高源女士的垂直品酒會,試了她 的七款葡萄酒,其中試了她的五個不同年份(包 括 2010、2011、2013、2014 及 2015)的 The Summit 紅酒(Bordeaux blend),盲試的話 你亦會好自然的覺得自己在喝著波爾多列級莊 的出品!在這五個年份中,我最喜歡的是 The Summit2011 年,優雅而帶乾玫瑰,比 2010 年酸度更高,帶黑胡椒及非常活潑的果香。銀 色高地的葡萄酒故事亦十分勵志,我十分欣賞 高源的勇氣和努力。1999 年由她爸爸鼓勵下 跑到波爾多學釀酒並取得法國國家級釀酒師証 書,由不懂法文及種葡萄至得到釀酒師身份, 所付出的努力你亦可以想像有幾難,而另一得 著是認識了她的丈夫 Thierry Courtade,他是 Chateau Calon Ségur 的酒窖主管,他的家族 三代也是釀酒師。高源把釀酒技術及愛情都帶 回中國,並釀造了獲奬無數的佳釀,這麼浪漫 及勵志的故事,你不會不試吧?