Hu Yue

Domaine de Long Dai

The vintage
This vintage will likely become a reference vintage in the province of Shandong with an optimal maturation of the grapes with nice balance found in the wines. The season began with spring conditions conducive to the development of our vines with alternating rainy episodes and sunny periods. The flowering conditions from June 1 to 4 were very favourable for fruit set and allowed for a good output of bunches on all of our grape varieties. August was marked by a period of intense drought, thanks to which veraison was uniform and qualitative, favouring excellent conditions for the end of the season. The harvest then took place under the sign of a very fine late season resulting in exceptional harvest quality. A meticulous work of zoning the plots according to the balance of maturity for each terrace is carried out each year to select the optimum harvest date per terroir. We were thus able to start the harvest with our first plots of Merlot on September 12 and finished with Cabernet Sauvignon from October 5 to 13.
Varietals
Cabernet sauvignon : 65%
Cabernet franc : 13%
Syrah : 13%
Marselan : 5%
Merlot : 4%

Tasting notes
Hu Yue is marked by aromas of black fruits such as blackberry and blackcurrant, followed by a spicy signature evoking black pepper and thus giving this wine a generous and powerful nose. The attack remains fresh, then giving way to roundness and power in the mouth. The length, supported by fine-grained tannins, is distinguished by sweet spice notes reminiscent of liquorice and white pepper. After aeration, we discover light notes of roasting, perfectly complementing the balance of this wine.