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Bolongbao Blanc 2015 Fangshan Beijing

Bolongbao Blanc 2015 Fangshan Beijing

Facts and figures
Bottle size: Bottle (75cl)
Case size: 6
Vintage: 2015
Maturity: Drinking well
Origin: China
Grape variety: Petit Manseng, Viognier, Chardonnay, Roussanne
Style: Medium bodied, Dry
Alcohol: 11.5%
Tasting Notes
This really interesting and attractive wine is a blend of 29% Petit Manseng, 27%Viognier, 23% Chardonnay and 21% Roussane aged for 8 months in French oak, tasted blind you would be hard pushed to put this anywhere else than from France! An attractive floral and peachy nose and a complex palate of stone fruit with hints of orange and camomile the oak gives more creaminess and texture rather than flavour. This would go well with most meals but would work brilliantly with Chinese food. Founded in 1999 Chateau Bolongbao is situated in the foothills of Wulanshan Mountain in the Fonghang district south-east of Beijing. This previously poor district, known for coal mining was regenerated with a Government drive to convert the region to viticulture in 1998. Chateau Bolongao was the first vineyard established there and boasts a triple organic certification – from China, the European Union and the United States. This was a personal choice by its owner, Mr and Mrs Tang, and its winemaker, Mr Xue Fei , who is an oenology graduate from Dijon. The forty-five-hectare low-yielding vineyard (less than 3 tonnes/ha) has a sizeable team of 100 vineyard workers. No chemical fertilisers are used – peanuts are grown instead between the vine rows and are subsequently ploughed back into the soils as green fertilisers. The vineyard is irrigated twice a year, in the spring and after the harvest to prevent the vines from breaking when they are laid down on the soil and covered with earth to withstand the extreme winter temperatures which drop below 20°C. This technique is essential for preventing vines from dying as a consequence of the extreme frost but it is quite punishing for the plant, hence their frailty in comparison with vines in Europe and a lifespan only half as long