Chinese Bordeaux Named Best In The World – Decanter World Wine Awards.

red wine being poured into glass

I am not 100% if the term “Bordeaux” is acceptable in the same way “Champagne” is named after its region for the same reasons which is why things were named “Sparkling wine” as they couldn’t use the name Champagne as they didn’t come from the region. Although may have changed since I last checked as I am sure there has been many a court case regarding wine names as it offers up a prestige of quality due to historical wine regions.

Anyway back on track! An international contest took place in London which seen China take the top spot for “Red Bordeaux Varietal over £10” at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Chinese winery He Lan Qing Xue took home the International Trophy against some formidable competition from the U.S. Australia and France. It was no short competition with fierce competition seeing the 2009 Jia Bei Lan Cabernet blend compete against 12,000 wines. Judges described their 2009 Jia Bei Lan Cabernet blend as "supple, graceful and ripe but not flashy" and praised the "excellent length" of its tannins.

The wine industry doesn’t have to worry yet about another Chinese export hitting the market as its only available in China and produced in a quantity of around 20,000 bottles a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Gernicht and retails for about £13 produced in Ningxia in northwest China. Not the perfect region for wine growers due to the harsh environment which sees hot dry summers and extremely cold winters down to –25C which leaves wine growers burying vines to protect them.

The winery is led by Li Demei, who was trained in Bordeaux and completed an internship at Chateau Palmer. A couple of silvers were also won at the event by China one from the same producer for its 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and the other by winegrower, Domaine Helan Mountain in Xinjiang Uygur for its Classic Chardonnay 2008 and bronze for its Premium Collection Riesling.

 Would be interesting to get a taste of the wine as a lot of the wine by the time it reaches the Philippines from other regions is more like a fizzy vinegar due to the climate and way its been stored on route. Getting something from China may actually make sense as its travel distance is less which will help keep its flavour.