Changli, China, ¥108, cork seal
Chinese wine; you've got to love the reputation. I purchased this in Shanghai at Easter and finally the excitement got too much and I couldn't hold off any longer and opened it. Changli is a town in the Hebei Province and wine region in China's northern Bohai Bay area. It is home to 31 wineries and 50,000 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines and has been given the distinction of 'dry red wine centre of China'. I couldn't find any inforamtion about the Changli winery so if you're in the know, let me know.
Changli Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 is a light red in colour with a slight orange tinge. The nose is pretty full on and about the nicest thing I can say about it was there was a hint of bacon, but there were also aromas of nail polish, rotting vegetables and burning; pretty ugly. The palate was just as messy and dominated by smoke, tar and the unfortunately recognisable flavour of burnt jam. Changli Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 has all the fire and brimstone without the power; it's weak and thin with no palate weight and is devoid of fruit flavours. This wine was terrible, but I wander how it would have been back in 1998 and why it was aged for ten years? This has done nothing to install faith in the Chinese wine industry.