LAFITE OPENED CELLAR DOORS OF ITS CHINA ESTATE LONG DAI
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR) Lafite officially opened the cellar doors of its China winery, Domaine de Long Dai, yesterday while releasing the inaugural 2017 vintage of the Grand Vin of Long Dai.
Starting from yesterday, Chinese customers can order Long Dai through its exclusive distributor Pernod Ricard China. The orders will be shipped in end of November to allow the bottles to rest to be perfectly ready.
Both DBR Lafite and Pernod Ricard China have not mentioned the release price of this first vintage.
The estate will be opening to visitors by appointments, these can be arranged through the winery’s WeChat page.
The 2017 vintage of Long Dai is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan and Cabernet Franc, picked from a selection of the 360 terraces with granite soils and situate at the foothills of the Qiu Shan Valley in Penglai in northeast Shandong province.
Harvesting was done by hand in successive pickings. The wine was then aged for 18 months in French oak barrels produced by the Tonnelerie des Domaines near Château Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux.
Saskia de Rothschild, Chairwoman of DBR Lafite, said: “Our family have been winemakers at Lafite for 150 years so it is in our culture to be patient and take our time to make sure we release a wine we are proud of.”
“This vintage of Long Dai is the first chapter of a very long story as winemakers in China,” she added.
Jean-Etienne Gourgues, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard China, said: “We are glad to take this opportunity to broaden our partnership with DBR Lafite. As the exclusive distributor of Long Dai in China, we are honoured to be associated with a new chapter of winemaking in China.”
(the writer can be contacted at: SLawMathews@thewinechronicle.com)
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