France might have found the biggest name in China’s wine trade to help revitalize its sluggish wine sales in China, the country’s president Xi Jinping.

Gérard Bertrand Château l’Hospitalet Grand Vin red 2017

This red coming from Narbonne in southern France by the region’s leading and biodynamic producer Gerard Bertrand will most likely benefit the most from Xi’s endorsement. The Chinese president lauded the wine and said it was “to his taste”.

A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, the wine is made from grapes in AOC La Clape in Languedoc, which extends from Narbonne to the Mediterranean. The full-bodied red has a fine and silky tannins balanced with freshness of the fruits.

Louis Latour Château Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2010

Macron pulled out all stops to woo the Chinese president, and shared with Xi a bottle of Louis Latour Château Corton Grancey, a grand cru Burgundy from the premium wine region’s historic Mainson Louis Latour.

“Grancey” was the name of the last owners of the chateau situated on the road of Corton, before the Latour family bought it in 1891. The wine is a blend of four areas of Domaine Latour Corton Grand Cru: Bressandes, Perrières, Grèves and Clos du Roi, the proportions of which vary depending on the vintage. The average age of the vines is over 40 years.

The wine is sold in Hong Kong and Macau by Links Concept.

Château Cheval Blanc

The most expensive wine in the flight tasted by Xi and Macron in Shanghai is from Bordeaux, and none other than the storied winery Cheval Blanc in Saint Emilion, according to French newspaper Figaro.

Château Cheval Blanc is classified with the top ranking of Premier Grand Cru Classé A in Bordeaux Right Bank, and is known for its Cabernet Franc-based long ageing wine.

It’s not immediately known which vintage the Chinese president drink.

The newspaper says Xi tasted in the order of Chateau Corton Grancey, Château l’Hospitalet and Cheval Blanc, and by the third wine, he started to smile.

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