Chinese wine will be represented at this year's London
International Wine Fair for the first time. Château Hansen
was established by the Han family in the 1980s and winemaking has
been overseen by French winemaker, Bruno Paumard since 2010.
Bruno Paumard, who was previously at Saumur-based Bouvet-Ladubay,
will be presenting the wines at the LIWF in May.
Château Hansen is an organic estate - China's first - located in
Wuhai, on the southern edge of the Gobi Desert, in Inner
Mongolia. 450ha of vineyards have been planted in the Wuhai
Valley and adjacent region of Ningxia, at around 1,500m.
Conditions are arid with temperatures dropping to as low as -30°C
over the winter months, when the vines are buried for
Château Hansen currently produces around two million bottles
annually, with no history of exporting until now. Château
Hansen will be showing its Côtes du Fleuve Jaune du Désert de Gobi
at the LIWF. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Gernischt, Cabernet Franc and Merlot sourced from parcels
in Ningxia, Gansu and Wuhai and aged in 30% new French oak for 16
months. Cabernet Gernischt is considered the flagship
varietal for China with spicy, peppery characteristics.
Show director, Ross Carter comments: "We are delighted
that Château Hansen will be using the LIWF as a launch platform
into the UK and key European markets. More than ever the Fair
is a showcase for new, unexplored territories in the wine world; as
well as China, visitors will be able to discover wineries from more
than 30 countries."
Château Hansen will be located on stand G1.
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