chardonnay | petit manseng | viognier | roussanne


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Today we are going to review a very special wine, one that comes from the land of the dragon – Le Blanc 2015 by Château Bolongbao, which is a state of the art winery with an apparent french legacy that produces pure-bred Bordeaux-style blends. In fact, were it not for the name, one wouldn’t initially guess that this is chinese product at all. Château Bolongbao was the first vineyard in Fonghang and since 2005 it has organic certification. Given that winters can be deadly cold, the vines are buried beneath 35-40 cm of soil in the fall and then uncovered in the spring to prevent vines from dying as a consequence of extreme frost. There are no chemical fertilisers used in the vineyard, instead, peanuts are grown between the rows and are then ploughed back into the soils as green fertilisers. Le Blanc is a blend of chardonnay, petit manseng, viognier and roussanne, all of them aged for 8 months in french oak barriques in order to deliver the much desired suppleness and creaminess on the palate. But enough theory, that said and without further ado, let’s move on straight to our tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

concentration: translucent
color: yellow
clarity: clear
hue/rim: green

intensity: powerful
fruit profile: green fruits | stone fruits | tropical fruits
__green fruits: pear | apple | quince
__stone fruits: apricot
__tropical fruits: pineapple
fruit character: overripe

non fruit: herbal | oak | sweet | other
__herbal: hay | straw grass | meadow | marguerite daisy
__oak: vanilla
__sweet: quince jam | honey | baked apricot
__other: cashew
__wood: new /  light
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary

sweetness: dry
acidity: med(+)
alcohol: medium
tannin: low
__grip: ripe
body: round
balance: fair
__dominant: acidity
complexity: moderate

fruit profile: green fruits | stone fruits
fruit character: ripe | overripe
non fruit: herbal | sweet
finish: medium
aftertaste: velvety

variety: chardonnay | petit manseng | viognier | roussanne
country: China
region: Fonghang
rating: 91.2

maturity: on the decline
verdict: fine
96x96This is definitely a fine wine of China and with a total of 91.2 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.

Verdict: this is a very fine white blend that is long past its prime form – crisp, round and supple, with mouth-watering acidity and a nuanced fruity-sweet accent. The wine feels well structured and complex on the palate, as it tastes very appealing, while delivering some subtle herbal hints – a real crowd-pleaser. This wine will not disappoint, as it has all the characteristics of noble french blend – lean, noble and zingy, with a very fine balance between primary fruit and oak-infused flavours. Even though the wine still feels refreshingly crisp, we would strongly recommend to drink it now, as we believe that its best days are long gone by – just enjoy it here and now.

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