DBR LAFITE LAUNCHED LONG DAI 2018, THE CHINESE LABEL'S SECOND VINTAGE
By Tony Zhu
Source: Domaine de Long Dai
Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR) Lafite’s winery in China, Domaine de Long Dai, yesterday launched Long Dai 2018, which is the second vintage of the domaine’s main label.
The 2018 vintage of Long Dai is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Marselan and 8% Cabernet Franc. The wine is distributed by Pernod Ricard China and will be available to Chinese consumers in early December.
The proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2018 vintage is slightly higher than the inaugural 2017 vintage, giving the wine higher level of tannins and more robust structure.
Domaine de Long Dai’s vineyards are planted on granite soil terraces in the the foothills of the Qiushan Valley in Penglai in China’s northeastern Shandong province.
Harvesting was done by hand in successive pickings. The wine was then aged in French oak barrels from DBR Lafite's own cooperage in the Pauillac region of Bordeaux.
According to Olivier Trégoat, Technical Director of DBR Lafite, the climate condition in 2018 in Qiushan Valley was very beneficial to the Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted on the hillside, leading to very high quality grapes.
"We can say that this vintage is a big wine,” Trégoat said. “With strong yet elegant tannins, Long Dai 2018 shows a personality unique to the granite soils in Qiushan Valley, and that is what me and the team want to achieve,” he added.
Long Dai 2018 is described as having a deep colour, with ripe black fruit aromas and obvious spice signature. The winery said this vintage has a bolder and more aromatic style than the 2017 vintage.
DBR Lafite started this China project in 2008 in the southern edge of Penglai city in Shandong province.
After 11 years of preparation, the inaugural 2017 vintage of Long Dai was released in September last year.
The winery launched a second label called Hu Yue in August this year, Long Dai 2018 is the third release of DBR Lafite’s Chinese wines so far.
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