Fine China: Wine from the Middle Kingdom

Mar 17, 2019

(Wine-Searcher) - China expert Jim Boyce looks at some Chinese wines available in the wider world.

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Jean-Guillaume Prats, then head of estates & wines for Moët Hennessy, once got snowbound for three days while visiting vineyards 2500 meters (8200 feet) up in the mountains of Yunnan, where European missionaries first planted grapes in the 19th Century and the company now makes a wine named Ao Yun that some critics rate as China's best. Whew! Want to taste it? I think most people would given the positive reviews and the intriguing blend of a respected brand, a unique history and a remote (and stunningly beautiful) region. Now, where to get a bottle?

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