DBR LAFITE LAUNCHED ITS SECOND CHINA WINE NAMED HU YUE
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Source: Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite
Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite (DBR Lafite) has launched a second label from its Chinese winery in Shangdong Province. The second wine is named Hu Yue (琥岳) which means Tiger Mountain.
DBR Lafite described the inaugural release of Hu Yue 2018 as a new challenge for its China winery, Domaine de Long Dai, after launching its Grand Vin Long Dai last year.
“At the origin of the name Hu Yue, was the idea to reveal a sacred alliance between Chinese culture, respect for the elements and nature’s uncontrollable cycle,” said Saskia de Rothschild, Chairwoman of DBR Lafite.
Technical Director Olivier Trégoat said: “To create this Second Wine, the team in Shandong carefully chose an assortment of plots within our more than 400 terraces. The objective was to reveal a deeply aromatic character, full of black fruits with a spicy signature that would differentiate this wine from our Grand Vin.”
Hu Yue is a blend of Bordeaux varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, added with southern grape varieties such as Marselan and Syrah.
The company said the wine achieves harmony due to the carefully chosen proportions of each grape variety as well as its maturation for 12 months in oak barrels from the DBR Lafite cooperage in Bordeaux.
The wine is described as having “a harmonious balance between roundness, finesse and length, punctuated by complexity and depth in the final blend.”
“We find a balance that is characterised by roundness and richness, and a precision that is the signature of the wines of Domaine de Long Dai and DBR Lafite. Hu Yue is powerful and charming, like the tiger depicted on the bottle,” DBR Lafite said in a news release.
“The Shandong region benefits from mild winters and beautiful late seasons, providing optimal conditions for the development of the grapes. 2018, the first vintage of Hu Yue, was no exception to the rule and is already being considered a reference vintage in the region thanks to its ideal maturation and perfectly balanced wines.”
Hu Yue will be sold at Domaine de Long Dai, as well as on the estate’s WeChat store from November 2020.
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