Xige Estate, Jade Dove, Helan Mountain East, Ningxia, China, 2017

Today let’s head to China with this 2017 Jade Dove cuvée produced under the Xige Estate in Ningxia. The wine industry occupies the most important position in the economic development of Ningxia. This region has good conditions of light and warmth; although it has an arid and semi-arid climate, it is easy to carry out manual irrigation thanks to the Yellow River that flows through the area.

The first and only provincial-level of development bureau for wine in China was founded here, and the government gives great support to the technical training, seedling introduction and infrastructure construction such as road and water and power utilities construction. The wines produced in this region have won many awards in both domestic and international wine competitions, and have attracted many investments. Ningxia is a true star region in China.

Xige Estate takes its name from the West Dove Lake (Xi = west, ge = dove) and is an ultra-modern winery that’s home to many of China’s oldest vines. Founded in 2017, this winery is the most world-leading and largest producer of quality wines at Helan Mountain’s east foothill wine region of Ningxia. It is also an innovative winery that seeks to blaze new trails for Chinese wines. Its founder Zhang Yanzhi,is the first Chinese member in Académie du vin de Bordeaux and his goal is to make a “Chinese wine variety” liked by professionals and sold all over the world.

Xige deserves mention here as a different kind of discovery in terms of an estate that has progressed very rapidly along the quality scale. Xige’s first vintage was only in 2017, partly sharing winemaking facilities, at least for its whites, with Pernod Ricard’s Helan Mountain winery as the rest of Xige’s large winemaking operation was being completed.

This blend is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon 95% with a 5% of Merlot.

Deep ruby colour with a clear rim, on the nose the wine offers intense leafy and minty aromas with notes of cassis, blackberry, cloves and rich oak. An expressive introduction to Chinese wine.

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