Updated: Feb 25
Chateau Changyu Moser XV
Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
As soon as I saw the Chinese characters on the label of this bottle, I did not think twice to buy it. This nectar is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Ningxia, a landlocked region in Northwester China, and more specifically from the Helan Mountains. The vines are 12/18 years old and located at an altitude of 1100m asl. Here, the warm days are coupled with cool nights. The divine nectar does not age in oak or any other sort of wood. The 2017 vintage was bottled in February 2019. The producer suggests a storage period up to five years.
In the glass the wine has a ruby colour with purple hues on the rim. The intensity is deep.
The aroma intensity is medium plus. The aromatic bouquet is a triumph of ripe black cherry and blackberries, with notes of kirsch, black pepper and subtle floral perfumes. As secondaries, there is a touch of vanilla, cedar and a very light charred wood. The tertiaries are dried blackberry, earth, vegetal and also a feeble farmyard.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium plus level of acidity and high tannins. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14.5 %), but it does not burn at all. The aroma intensity is medium plus. The ripe black fruit is still the main flavour! There is also a hint of preserved fruit and some grassy notes. I taste a bit of leather and the farmyard again. The flavour persistency is long.
It is an honest wine, fairly priced. I would have liked to find more complexity and evolution. Instead the ripe black fruits characterize most of the aromatic palette. Something that I really enjoy is the astringent sensation left by the tannins. They are adorable. This nectar is perfect to wash down a Sunday roast with other pseudo-leftist intellectuals; not to think how to save the rest of the world from the poverty while lying alone on the sofa!
Final vote: 88
Price: £13.5 at farehamwinecellar.co.uk