So I finally get to taste a proper Chinese wine, made from Chinese-grown grapes (although I may have tasted a proper Chinese wine when I was in Beijing in 2006; I can’t remember.) It’s made by ChangYu Pioneer Wine Company in collaboration with Lenz Moser’s TBX.
It tasted quite good. Like an inexpensive Loire Cabernet Franc actually. In fact, a dead ringer for a cheap Chinon.
ChangYu Cabernet d’Est 2010 Ningxia Region, China
This is a varietal Cabernet Gernischt (a cross of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon), from vineyards at 1100 m. Bright red in colour, it has a very Cabernet Franc like nose of leafy green berry fruits. The palate is fresh and slightly green with some cherry and berry fruit, as well as some grippy tannins. Supple and very Loire-like, with a hint of rusticity about it. 87/100