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Ao Yun 2018 analysis ahead of release

  • Ao Yun 2018 is the first Chinese wine to be released via La Place de Bordeaux later this month.
  • Ao Yun first traded on Liv-ex in 2016.
  • In the past year, the 2013 has been its most traded vintage by both value and volume.

The upcoming release

Ao Yun – the first and only Chinese wine to trade on the secondary market – is expanding its distribution network by releasing its 2018 vintage via La Place de Bordeaux later this month.

Earlier this year, The Wine Advocate’s Edward Ragg awarded the wine 95-points, noting that it ‘will undoubtedly repay long-term cellaring’. The 2018 is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 7% Syrah and 4% Petit Verdot.

As the chart below shows, previous Ao Yun vintages boast between 93- and 96-points and are available below £2,700 per 12×75.

Depending on the release price of the 2018, buyers may want to consider the 2015, which has the same score from The Wine Advocate and offers three additional years in bottle.

Secondary market background

Ao Yun is the only Chinese wine trading on the secondary market. The 2013 vintage first traded on Liv-ex back in 2016.

Since then, the 2013 has continued to lead trade by both value and volume, followed by the 2014. The 2013 has also been the top price performer, rising 36.6% in the past year. The wine last traded at £2,200 per 12×75.

Ao Yun 2013 trades on Liv-ex


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