Wishing health and happiness and a hopefully a more normal year in 2021
This little clip is a Chateau Changyu Moser XV Promotion Clip “众里寻她千百度” on Chinese national TV CCTV 2. Our wines are distributed in over 40 countries internationally - but it’s great see changyu moser increasingly being enjoyed in our home country too.
Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Helan Mountain Blanc de Noir, Ningxia, China 2018 92 £17.99 Ocado
This still blanc de noir Cabernet Sauvignon is part of Austrian Lenz Moser's collaboration with Changyu. White peach and strawberry aromas, camomile and yellow-fruit sweetness. Round and full, with citrus and stone fruit, plus crunchy apple acidity. SW Ale 14%
This is Chateau Changyu Moser XV’s icon wine, along with the recently released 2016 Purple Air Comes From The East label. The 2016 Grand Vin is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a deep garnet appearance and pronounced nose of distinct clove, toast and smoke—this vintage saw some 24 months in 80% small-format new oak—along with a touch of leathery development overlying a core of ripe mellowing cassis and herbaceous bramble fruit. On the palate, it is full-bodied with a robust but fairly well-integrated 15% alcohol, very Cabernet tannins (coating, crunchy and angular) and some buoyant acidity that lifts up the core of mellowing ripe black fruit complemented by marked toasted oak and some developing savory notes. With its long length and significant concentration, this wine is higher in quality than the 2016 Purple Air Comes From The East release. It can be drunk now but will repay cellaring over the next 5-6 years, at least.
Chateau Changyu Moser - XV PURPLE AIR 16 and XV GRAND VIN Cabernet Sauvignon 16
In September this year I had a video tasting with Lenz M. Moser and tasted six wines of Chateau Changyu. On the picture you can find two of their top wines with the just released XV Purple Air.
Lenz Moser started his career in the Lenz moser family business, worked for Mondavi in Europe and started his own wine brand called Laurenz V in 2005. His second activity from 2005 onwards was acting as the CEO of an importing company in Germany. In this capacity he met the people of Changyu first in 2005, heading into a close relationship with the leaders of this pioneering company. In 2015 they decided on a joint project: Chateau Changyu Moser XV, a partnership with the big goal of producing China’s best and most important wines.
They chose the Ningxia region (the emerging wine region) for this challenging project which is located in Central Western China on the fringes of the Gobi desert and feeds off the Yellow River.
With about 3.000 sun hours per year it's the best region to allow the berries to fully ripen at 1.100 meters above sea level.
They own 250 ha. of vines and the Chateau (built in 2013 for 70 milion euro) which houses an impressive 1.500 barrique cellar as well as a high-tech bottling line. About 90% of their vines are Cabernet Sauvignon. The most important variety for China.
My tasting notes:
Grand vin 2016 (87+ TSW) – about € 80
Aged in barriques (5 different coopers) for 24 months.
Dark ruby red color. On the medium(+) nose aromas of dark berries, cassis and spices with hints of vanilla, cedar and bell pepper.
On the palate dry, medium(+) bodied with medium(+) acidity and ripe tannins. Round in the mouth with a good balance. Still young (greenish) but with a lot of potential.
Purple air 2016 (89+ TSW)
Dark ruby red color. On the medium(+) nose aromas of blackberries, cherries and cassis with hints of vanilla, cloves, cacao and tobacco.
On the palate dry, medium(+) bodied with less alcohol and fine ripe tannins. Flavours are a recall of the nose with a medium(+) length finish. This one was my favorite with more elegance. Very curious how this wine will develop.
In this first producer profile episode, a new segment of the podcast where I converse with wine producers about their wines - history and what is to come from them. I speak to Lenz Moser, Head winemaker of Chateau Changyu Moser XV in Ningxia China.
China may not be the first country that spring to mind when thinking about wine, but it is now on the top five country in number of vineyards and number of bottle produced for year - as always I like to explore what new and original is coming out in the greater wine world in my podcasts, and who is best that Lenz Moser as first guest with his fine wines produce in China one of the first contemporary winery in the whole country.
Lenz specialised in Cabernet sauvignon, although his previous experiences in Bordeaux and Napa valley, he says that he’s never seen such small berries in his 35years experience as winemaker and in Ningxia – He tell us why he like to work with them so much.
We talk about the Ningxia’s climate and the influence of the nearby Helen mountain ranges home of the first Chinese Appellation. This region faces very few climatic problems other than having jaw-dropping freezing temperatures of -30℃ and Lenz tell us how the vines in have to be bury to protect them from die and his white Cabernet an unique take on Cabernet Sauvignon. Also, with Lenz we talk about the Greater Chines market and I was surprised to hear that there is a bit of downslope in the wine consumption.
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Lenz Moser and Frank Kaemmer arrives at this iconic department store, KaDeWe - happy to have gained the listing of our own Icon
Purple Air Comes from the East
Moser Family Cabernet Sauvignon
Proud and humbled by the fact we rank now at KaDeWe famous wine list - truly in the company of the worlds finest As the Chinese wine on shelf
And it’s selling ! Thank you KaDeWe for the chance to be there - this is an honor and obligation at the same time
Lenz: "Eternally grateful To KaDeWe and my cooperation with Changyu , to produce world class and being responsible for this project - I have had chances and success in the past , yet this is the climax of it all - so far ;-) "
Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Purple Air Comes from the East Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Tasting note by Sylvia Wu (at London, 15 Sep 2020)
“A more fruit-driven and elegant approach to the 2016 vintage compared to the estate’s Grand Vin. This 100 % Cabernet Sauvignon from Helan Mountain East of Ningxia is a blend of 10 parcels from the estates 250 ha of vinyards. Aged in oak barrels for 24 months, the Purple Air has ripe black cherry and black peppers on the nose. Elegant coffee, blackberry juice and prune on the palate with a touch of green capsicum. The tannins are fine-grained, wrapping around a concentrated dark fruit core. The alcohol sits at 14.3%, almost a degree lower than the Grand Vin. It can develop further but it’s drinking nicely.”
В лаборатории сенсорного анализа Одесской национальной академии пищевых технологий жизнь бурлит полным ходом. На этот раз эксперты винодельческой индустрии собрались, чтобы провести онлайн дегустацию. Эта дегустация имеет довольно необычный формат. Ведь объектом исследования будет выступать вино, сделанное в Китае известным австрийским виноделом.
In the laboratory of sensory analysis of the Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies, life is in full swing. This time, experts from the wine industry gathered to conduct an online tasting. This tasting has a rather unusual format. After all, the object of the study will be wine made in China by a famous Austrian winemaker.
Speech and benchmark tasting ( all 6 CCMXV wines and wines from Whispering Angel and Cos Estrournel) at the Rotary Club of Melk, Austria. Some opinion molders, some winery owners and other good clients presented. This we do also in order to spread the story of our wines to the public , targets towards opinion molders AND equally important to retain a feeling for the consumer how they react to China, the wines, the story.
Our chef winemaker Lenz Moser said he always been blown away by the positive reaction about the CCMXV project by the general public - the interest is super high , the knowledge of china limited and sometimes not always up to date - as he always emphasizes :
The story about modern china and its great people
The story of Changyu and its achievements as the oldest and best winery in china
And the story of the great cooperation between Changyu and the Lenz Moser family in creating china's "best of china" chateau and also gain recognition on a global bases
As said the judges at @sommelierwineawards: This may be one of the biggest surprises for the 2020 category - some people describe Ningxia as the Napa of China - and on this evidence it perhaps isn’t just a pr spin. It certainly looks like a region to keep your eye on.
Made by @lenz_m_moser and team in China, available in UK via @bibendumwine and in over 40 countries world wide (see our website) It’s exciting times for Chinese wine.
08/08/2005: MY FIRST EVER VISIT TO CHINA AND TO CHANGYU
06/09/2015: START MISSION “BEST OF CHINA” & BELONGING IN THE COMPANY OF THE WORLD’S FINEST What a journey / long march it was – and I do know it is just the beginning of something truly exciting/ FASCINATING. From the very first day in China I fell in LOVE with this country, its historic achievements and its people. And, it was a great woman, Mrs. Susan Tan, then and now head of export at Changyu Pioneer who greeted our small delegation in August 2005 with so much charm, wisdom and vision, that it did stick from the very beginning. The first 10 years of cooperation were a bit like a “purgatory” situation: ups and downs, yet a steep learning curve (we tried it the conventional way first …wrong move), yet we all knew the moment will come to have the chance of putting CHINA on the INTERNATIONAL WINE MAP. The basis for our great results was the creation of a truly superb relationship with the people of Changyu and its leaders, Mr. Zhou (Chairman), Mr. Sun (CEO), Dr Li (head of oenology and production), Mrs. Tan and many, many more. And, only in the last 2 years I had the honor of visiting 28 CITIES in China to promote our vision of Chateau Changyu Moser XV getting to know better also the China setup of Changyu in China – beyond wine making and production – wow! Yes, I am a true fan and I honestly think there is a new land of opportunity and this has to be China (yap, I know … is it perfect – no, but who is?). While we focused on sales and marketing of my first 10 years in China, neglecting strategic aspects of the business badly and paying not enough attention to the quality/ style of the wines, we did “THE RIGHT THING” EXACTLY 5 YEARS AGO. I still remember vividly Mr. Zhou, Mr. Sun and Mrs. Tan reminding myself of being a wine maker – which prompted the question: “WHY DON’T YOU MAKE THE WINES AT THE CHATEAU YOURSELF?” From this very moment our vision showed traction as we had the “once in a life time” chance to start from zero and to wine: NEW wines/ quality – NEW labels/ brand architecture – NEW strategy – NEW purpose - NEW innovation – NEW great story – NEW energy based on learnings from the first 10 years. Our 2015 defined PHILOSOPHY ON WINE MAKING: 1. powerful – not opulent 2. freshness and elegance 3. “some sex” (artsy elements) 4. sense of place 5. Perfect grape is king 6. bio dynamic (in the making) 7. bottle to look good 8. to be enjoyed without too much fuzz. This resulted in tangible progress on our vision: “BEST OF CHINA” & BELONGING IN THE COMPANY OF THE WORLD’S FINEST Let me therefore thank all partners on this long journey – all my friends at Changyu, all our great and esteemed partners on the receiving end and our team at Lenz M. Moser Projects for their endurance, their belief to be part of something unique in the world of wine – the emergency of a new chateau, which is the leader of its proud country – in surprising our customers / the consumers on a daily basis via discovery of something entirely NEW and unexpected. We still have a long way to go, Bob Mondavi would say “it is just the beginning” which we humbly confess, yet, I promise to give my very, very best in the future as I did in the past. The best is yet to come, AA YVS Lenz M. Moser, Austria, August 25th, 2020
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20 wines entered the blind tasting - always in pairs of 2 whereby WEIN & CO choose the Austrian wines (crème de la crème in particular for the reds) and Lenz M. Moser brought his wines of Chateau Changyu Moser XV alongside other greats of China, such as Longdai, AoYun, Silver Heights, Legacy Peak & co. The result was a 2 ½ hours serious tasting, vivid discussion with the following result:
1. WOW - PÖCKL, Reve 2017 and MARKOWITSCH, Rosenberg 2017 were the frontrunners from Austria 2. WOW for the progress, Austrian reds have made – esp. when exposed to international competition, blindly 3. WOW on China, especially on achievements of Chateau Changyu Moser XV (a mere 50 months from the start) 4. WOW for China in Longdai, AoYun, Moser Family white 2017, especially: “PURPLE AIR COMES FORM THE EAST” 5. And, since this way of “unusual, unique” tastings was received so favorably, it will be continued in the nearfuture, in other countries too. It is the clear goal for the wines of Chateau Changyu Moser XV to be amongst the best of China, yet also belong in the company of the world’s finest. And as one of the participants, Adi Schmid, sommelier emeritus of “Steirereck” (after 41 years of service to the best Austrian restaurant) put it spot on: ”China and Chateau Changyu Moser XV in particular will continue to surprise and excite world wine lovers for the next ten year with its stunning quality and unmistakable style - before turning into a classic on the world stage. Lenz was happy with the result as the majority of wine writers picked “PURPLE AIR COMES FORM THE EAST”, the chateau’ new icon as their pick of the day. Especially exciting since it is the maiden vintage of this wine. Meanwhile you all know my ending of this: it is just the beginning and the best is yet to come! So let us have fun building this category into a business.
Gold, 95 points 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Restrained aromas of red fruits and cream that continue on the palate. There’s a mouthfilling weight but with sufficient acidity to keep everything fresh and pleasing. Enjoy now.
Kaum etwas ist so vielfältig, wie der Wein. Es gibt immer etwas Neues zu entdecken. Deshalb sehen wir bei SCHULER es als unsere Pflicht an, Sie nicht nur mit den aufregendsten Weinen in bester Qualität zu versorgen, sondern Ihnen immer wieder Neuheiten, Exklusivitäten und Innovationen vorzustellen.
Heute – und das freut mich riesig – darf ich Ihnen das erste Mal Wein aus dem Reich der Mitte vorstellen. Dort winzert der ambitionierte österreichische Önologe Lenz Moser. Ihm ist es gelungen mit dem Château Changyu das Vorzeige Weingut Chinas aufzubauen. Seine Weine sind exklusiv und werden teilweise nur in Kleinstmengen angebaut.
Eine solche Exklusivität ist der Cabernet Sauvignon Château Changyu Moser XV Purple Air. Von diesem Jahrgang wurden lediglich 6000 Flaschen gekeltert. Die Bellevue der NZZ schreibt in einem Artikel in der vergangenen Woche, dass dieser Edeltropfen, der zwei Jahre in Barriques ausgebaut wurde, durch seine Kraft, Eleganz, Tiefgründigkeit und grossartiger Länge mit vergleichbaren Weinen aus Spanien, Australien oder Kalifornien mehr als nur mithalten kann. Ein Wein für Kenner!
Uns ist es gelungen für Sie einen kleinen Teil dieses stark limitierten Weines zu ergattern. Überzeugen Sie sich selbst von der Weinkunst des Fernen Ostens.
Herzlichst auf Ihr Wohl!
Gabriel Föhn, SCHULER St. Jakobskellerei
PS: Nicht Ihr Budget? Keine Sorge, wir haben auch an Sie gedacht und drei weitere Exklusivitäten aus dem Château Changyu im tieferen Preissegment für Sie über die Seidenstrasse organisiert. Auch hier sind die verfügbaren Mengen allerdings strak limitiert.
Chateau Changyu Moser XV Purple Air 2016
China, Ningxia, Chateau Grown 75 cl
Der Purple Air überzeugt mit Kraft, Eleganz, Tiefgründigkeit und einer grossartigen Länge. Der 2016er zeichnet sich durch eine intensive, vielschichtige Nase aus. Die präsenten Tannine und die reife Säure sind gut eingebunden. Purple Air wird während zwei Jahren in neuen Barriques ausgebaut.
Leading Chinese wine estate Château Changyu-Moser XV has just released 'Purple Air Comes from the East', an ultra-premium 100% estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the chateau’s Ningxia vineyards. A limited production of 6,300 bottles of the 2016 vintage were made at Changyu’s flagship winery in Ningxia, North West China.
Chief Winemaker at the estate, Austrian Lenz M. Moser, said: ‘It’s a wine which I believe is the future of Ningxia. We worked very hard to bring this new style of wine to life. It’s very harmonious, more fruit-driven than anything else. I tried to bring out the bright fruit of Ningxia Cabernet, in a very subtle form, lighter in alcohol. I’ve worked very hard on it, reduced the wood treatment to bring out the typicity of the region.’
Moser spends the entire harvest period in Ningxia, as well as making regular visits to the Chateau throughout the year, working closely with Head Winemaker Mr Fan and Assistant Winemaker Emma Yu. He adds:
‘I couldn’t resist making an icon wine. It has a very Chinese-looking label and it is going to raise the bar again for the Chateau. We have a clear vision - to ensure that the wines of Changyu-Moser XV are not just among the very best of China, but also belonging in the company of the world’s finest.
The striking label was created by a Chinese calligrapher with each character representing the name of the wine, which means ‘bringing fortune and luck from the East.’ In traditional Chinese symbolism, purple symbolizes divinity and immortality and in modern times, purple is used to represent love or romance. It’s also Moser’s favourite colour.
Château Changyu-Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc de Noir Helan Mountain Range Cabernet Sauvignon, Ningxia, China £18 Available from: Ocado (NB also at Slurp Wine, VinVm wine, Selfridges but currently have the 2017)
Earlier today we hosted a very special interview and tasting - first UK showing of our new icon wine Purple Air Comes from the East and a great online BLIND tasting for @wineandthecity@thedrinksbusiness hosted by our Chief Winemaker @lenz_m_moser first tasting he has ever done blind via Zoom! Some very special wines in the line up - we always show our wines against international benchmarks - ... and so which ones came out top? All to be revealed next week via @thedrinksbusiness . Much fun and a different way of doing things but great to be able to keep the trade connected through wine!
Part One of interview with famed Austrian Winemaker Lenz Moser. Lenz discusses his journey from Grüner Veltliner in Austria to making high end Bordeaux blends in China working for Chateau Changyu Moser XV.
The label for our new Moser Family Blanc de Noir bears @lenz_m_moser ‘s favourite colour - purple. In Chinese symbolism, purple stands for divinity and immortality. In modern times, in China purple stands for love and romance just as the colour red does in the West. Happy Friday everyone -wherever you are and however you are spending it
Look who our Chief Winemaker @lenz_m_moser bumped into at the Vancouver International Wine Festival! It’s English wine writer, author and presenter #andrewjefford (2nd from left) together with the festival organizers
What a fantastic way to end a fantastic week Launching these top level Cabernet Sauvignon wines from China into the Canadian market - great tasting today in #toronto with the fantastic support of our distributor @vonterra our core four wines are now available via @lcbo#chinesewine#happytasting#happyfriday
Purple Air Comes From The East – PACE „fortune & luck from the east!“
TASTING NOTES BY LENZ M. MOSER
14.3% ABV - This is the lowest of our top wines and the acidity level of 5.4 G/L is also a welcome indicator of freshness. We learn from Bordeaux and its approach to “la frecheur”.
Beautiful floral aromas on the nose, leading to more complex red and dark berry fruit notes, with savoury hints of cedar, tobacco and a warm touch of vanilla from subtle wood treatment – all in perfect harmony, with a built in “feel good” factor.
On the palate, luscious, generous and moreish with a delightful freshness. A top wine from Ningxia yet we have focused on elegance and finesse, the wine has intensity and complexity without being overbearing or overwhelming.
Lenz M. Moser: ‘We believe this wine will pave the way for a new breed of Ningxia wines, where the focus is on the pure pleasure of drinking.’
Since it is my second vintage it is hard to say when peak drinking will be reached, however, judging from the quality of the grapes at harvest, it will drink well for a minimum of 15 years. The wine is still super young, yet already a real pleasure to enjoy.
It is certainly the best ever red I have been involved in making. We worked very hard to bring this new style of wine to life. And I will dedicate this very special creation to the leaders of Changyu and all involved in making this wine. It takes a great team to achieve, now the ultimate jury is out with the opinion formers and our customers to give the final verdict.
- 2016 was a truly great year in Ningxia - 2016 is richer, more flavour and tannins than in the other great year, vines between 12 – 18 years old
- For this truly special and ultra rare wine – only 6,300 bottles made
- we have chosen the blending components barrel by barrel, selecting grapes only from the very best parcels of our estate vineyards
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (small and healthy berries with brown seeds and 24 -25 brix)
- Aged in barriques (5 different coopers, French, medium toast, 100 % first use) in the barrel cellar at the Chateau for 24 months
- Growing, fermenting and blending under supervision of Lenz M. Moser (Chief Winemaker Chateau Changyu Moser XV) who spends the entire harvest period in Ningxia – and a total of five times at the Chateau – ca. three months in total per year
- “Mise en bouteille au château / Estate Bottled“
- 2016 marks the second harvest of Lenz M. Moser at the Chateau
– after collaborating with Changyu in Yantai (Shandong province) 10 years prior, the Chairman and CEO of Changyu and LMM agreed that LMM will be in charge of CCMXV from 2015 on wards, making and also marketing the wine.
First ever official Purple Air Comes from the East tasting in Europe! This is our new super premium icon wine - a top top Cabernet Sauvignon made by our Chief Winemaker @lenz_m_moser and team in #Ningxia #China
Sommeliers and customers from all over Germany attending our launches in #Hamburg and #Berlin earlier this week. Today and tomorrow #cologne and #dusseldorf
So far a huge success with superb benchmarks (tasting blind) and stunning and exciting our guests with all these great wines - belonging in the company finest is our mission! #London, #Zurich, #Vienna, #Toronto, #Melbourne...we are coming!
Leading Ningxia winery Château Changyu-Moser XV has just released the world’s first and only Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc de Noir aged in French barriques. Made at the estate in North West China, from the free-run juice of small thick-skinned Ningxia Cabernet Sauvignon berries, and refined in French oak for twelve months, this new wine is a natural progression from the estate’s hugely successful unoaked white Cabernet Sauvignon (which Moser launched in 2017, as an innovative solution to the lack of suitable white varieties in the region).
‘White Cabernet is something which we did out of necessity,’ he said. ‘At the Chateau I had 250 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, only red grapes, but I had to have a white wine, so I got creative.’
Explaining how the Moser Family Blanc de Noir 2017 came about, Moser comments ‘We loved the unoaked, stainless steel version of our Blanc de Noir Cabernet Sauvignon so much, that we started experimenting by ageing the wine in barriques. After repeatedly tasting the barrels in the cellar we grew more and more confident this will be something spectacular – and indeed it is! All the credentials of our other, unoaked, White Cabernet have been refined with subtle wood treatment for 12 months. This gives it the harmony and complexity expected of a world-class white wine.’
The wine, aimed at independent specialists and high end on-trade, has an off-trade retail of around RRP £35. The 2017 maiden vintage has a limited production of 1,000 bottles, with a further 18,000 bottles’ worth of 2018 vintage in new French barrique - so, stay tuned for the second vintage release in Summer 2020.
• 2017 was a great year in Ningxia – elegance, finesse and full flavour at the same time
• Vines around 12 years old
• 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (harvest of healthy berries with 23 brix immediate bleeding of the destemmed grapes for the white in the Cabernet Sauvignon)
• Ageing in new French barrique (Nadalie and Vicard) for 12 months and a small proportion blended back with stainless steel
• Growing and blending under close supervision of Lenz M. Moser (Chief Winemaker Chateau Changyu Moser XV) who spent the entire harvest period in Ningxia
• “Mise en bouteille au château’ / Estate bottled for the very first time at the Château in May 2019 by Mr. Fan Xi (Head Winemaker, Changyu Ningxia), Emma (Assistant Winemaker) and Lenz M. Moser (Chief Winemaker Chateau Changyu Moser XV, Ningxia)
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Great mention for the white cabernet on BBC Saturday Kitchen. Partnered with Ken Hom’s Steamed Cod, ginger juice, spring onions and soy sauce with spicy noodles.
Olly Smith: ' This is the best vintage they’ve had, they have used a Champagne yeast, which gives a bit more elegance, they had perfect conditions for the grapes, so really delicious fruit. It’s stunning. China is in the top 10 wine producers, but within the next 50 years, will no doubt be the top, and the quality is rising every single year.
Fay Ripley: ‘That’s divine.’
Matt Tebbutt (presenter): If you didn’t know, I mean, I’m not an expert, but I’d think I was drinking a nice Provence rosé.’
NB: They referred to it on screen in the stockist info as white cabernet - but did reference it as a rosé in the dialogue. But that is up to them!
„SPIRIT OF POSSIBLE - THE SPIRIT OF DUBAI“ Coincidently (?) we showed our new ICON „PURPLE AIRE COMES from the EAST“ in Dubai for the first time - in a blind tasting with the lines of OPUS ONE , ORNELLAIA and others - cool , very cool as the wine raised eyebrows and respect for China , Ningxia and chateau Changyu Moser XV wines . Stay tuned for more #globalwineexpert #chateauchangyumoserxv #changyu #dubai #thespiritofdubai #dubaiexpo2020 ... we shall be there Friends , yourself and a cooler planet ... Coincidently (?) we showed our new ICON „PURPLE AIRE COMES from the EAST“ in Dubai for the first time - in a blind tasting with the lines of OPUS ONE , ORNELLAIA and others - cool , very cool as the wine raised eyebrows and respect for China
Blending , PR-Ing, entertaining - working in China is a 360 job . Great holistic experience again these days ... snow in Nx‘s buried vineyards ... meticulous notes for excellence ... a fining team is always there to spread the news ... a happy winemaking team with „Black“ teeth after a good day ( sunday working of course too ;-) ... blending by Lmm ... and having guests in the evening ( xinhua news agency mk), Steven ( distributor in Quangzhou ) , IAN HJ, famous blogger and Louis , NX sales Boss changyu
'(forthcoming February 15!) Adventures on the China Wine Trail, has received the Gourmand International 2020 award for best U.S. book in the Wine and Beer Tourism category! This is our first book and we're surprised and honored to follow the footsteps of friends who won in recent years.'
So here we are in January with a shiny new year ahead and lots of exciting plans in store for @changyumoserxv - launching our super top icon wine, leading the way for #Ningxia wines and continuing our mission to help put #chinesewine on the world wine map! Here’s to 2020 and a new decade! #happynewyear2020
WORLD LEADERS ENJOY CHATEAU CHANGYU MOSER XV at their summit: Mr Abe , Mr Li and Mr Moon - the leaders from Japan, China and South Korea drank #changyumoserxv #Grand Vin #changyu #chinawine #helanmountains #globalwineexpert
For London wine lovers! You can now find our white Cabernet Blanc de Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass at the @theivyasiastpauls - whilst enjoying the most wonderful view of St. Paul’s cathedral and the most amazingly decadent interior too!
China zählt zu den spannendsten und sich rasch entwickelnden Weinmärkten der Welt. Fast ungebremst treffen hier Historie und Moderne aufeinander. Die rasanten Entwicklungen betreffen auch die Absatzstrategien für den Wein, der als Import ins Land kommt, die Zielgruppen und Endverbraucher in den Metropolregionen des Landes, aber auch die Produktion von Wein. In China bestehen Spannungsfelder, die ihre Ausprägungen aus verschiedensten Ursprüngen speisen.
Lenz Moser verantwortet für Chateau Changyu Moser XV seit vielen Jahren sowohl die Produktion als auch den Vertrieb der Weine in die ganze Welt. Mit seinem Gastvortrag ermöglicht Lenz Moser einen anschaulichen Einblick in dieses Spannungsfeld des Weinmachens und des Weinvertreibens in einem sich stetig neu erfindenden asiatischen Land und der Welt.
‘This is my absolute favourite wine of all the unusual different wines on offer today’ @changyumoserxv @lenz_m_moser ‘s innovative white Cabernet went down a storm at @threewinemen #london this weekend. .
We met so many enthusiastic people at the show and these guys were great. We loved showing you our #chinesewines
Available @slurpwine and @Selfridges #chinesewine #winesofchina #ningxia #winelovers #sipsplendidly
Weinwolf tour 2020 , Berlin , Stuttgart , Köln - with ca. 1500 customers of WW attending , getting excited about the CCMXV wines and story - what a great way to promote ccmxv wines to the most important people - our customers
A trio of Chinese Cabernets! Made from #cabsauv berries coming from our estate vineyards in Ningxia, North West China. Made by Austrian winemaker @lenz_m_moser and his winemaking team at chateau #changyumoserxv , we’ve picked up top international awards and our wines are available throughout Europe GB AT DE IT NL (and launching soon in RO MA AU) It’s a true collaboration of East meets West! #excitingtimes for #chinesewine #happysunday .
Two heads are better than one! Chinese Guardian Lion Dogs or ‘Foo dogs’ like these two guarding the gates of the Chateau are symbolic, protective statues, and they are designed in pairs — one is female, the other is male. ⠀
The female represents yin, and symbolically protects the people dwelling inside the home, while the male statue, representing yang, protects the structure itself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our little Changyu- Moser XV Foo dogs not only protect the chateau and the people, they guard the precious vineyards around the estate and the wines in our barrel cellar! Winery guard dogs! ⠀⠀⠀
Our dream team has decided! We are ready to start harvesting the reds tomorrow! Winemaking team @lenz_m_moser with Emma Yu and Mr Fan together with Mr Zhou our vineyard manager have toured the vineyards extensively and checked the grapes, they are perfectly ripe and ready, we have beautiful weather and ideal conditions for a typical Ningxia style Cabernet Sauvignon wine and a very positive looking 2019 vintage!
The entire team , Dr Li, Mr Fan , Emma and Mr Zhou toured the vineyards , checked the seeds , etc and decided to start this year‘s harvest tomorrow - super healthy grapes , ideal weather will bring excellent and typical Ningxia/ chateau Changyu moser XV wines
This time last year here at the Chateau we were only a week or so off harvesting the reds! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These juicy Cabernet grapes in the top vineyard parcels at our estate in Ningxia went into our premium Changyu-Moser 2018 wines ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
All hand picked and three careful sortings to select only the very best grapes in optimum condition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
@lenz_m_moser arrives here at the Chateau on Friday and will be discussing together with the rest of our winemaking dream team Emma and Mr Fan when to start picking the 2019 reds #chinesewine #ningxiawines #harvest19 #winephotography .
Wein aus China? Unbedingt! Vor allem, handelt es sich um einen so delikaten Blanc de Noir, vinifiziert von Österreichs Star-Winzer Lenz Moser. Das ist großartig und wird international prämiert, 95 Punkte und Gold gibt es bei den Decanter Awards. Eine Entdeckung!
Teamwork makes the dream work! Throwback to last year and the 2018 harvest- Chief Winemaker @lenz_m_moser with some of the harvest team having a quick well-earned rest in between winery sessions. Lenz is on his way back to China right now for his 5th harvest at the Chateau ... we’ll look forward to welcoming you in Ningxia very soon Mr Moser!
A glance of a menu of the first ever magical wine tasting night in Oman. Our internationl guests from France, Germany , UK , Newzealand, Austria were truly surprised and enthused by the quality if CHATEAU CHANGYU MOSER XV RANGE.
"This is the style of Ningxia, in it’s purest form"
Our Chief Winemaker Mr. Lenz Moser describes this wines as ‘a true charmer’ – soft black fruit and hints of vanilla and chocolate, a little bit of fresh spice and just a touch of classic black tea. No oak and no wood treatment with fresh fruit character with stunning complexity The Cabernet Sauvignon shows roundness and freshness at the same time.
This wine is rich ,soft and gentle enough to be enjoyed straight away or can be kept to drink up to five years.
The people of Yantai - China are full of enthusiasm to discover the wines of Chateau Changyu-Moser XV!150 people at a top venue in the city - becoming wine experts by learning how to taste and listen to our Chief Winemaker Mr. Lenz M.Moser share our story and show the wines.
Yantai (烟台 Yāntái) is a port city in Shandong province, eastern China. It’s a small sleepy port city on the Shandong coast that to this day still retains some of its colonial charm. (Small by Chinese standards – 6.5 million people). Connected to the mainland, Zhifu Island is the site of Neolithic artifacts. Nearby, Changyu Wine Culture Museum offers insight into the region’s wine production and Fisherman’s Wharf is home to restaurants and bars.
Bisher waren Eigengewächse aus dem Reich der Mitte nicht der Hit, dieses Jahr kann man wieder Empfehlungen geben, sogar für Normalverbraucher, die keine 80 Euro für einen chinesischen Cabernet Sauvignon ausgeben wollen.
Château Lafite is the most famous of the Bordeaux first growths, so it’s arguably the most famous wine in the world. It is by far the best-known name in China, the fastest-growing, most brand-conscious wine market, where fakes have been commonplace. So the fact that Lafite is finally launching its own Chinese wine, after 11 years of preparation, is a big deal.
Mr. Lenz M. Moser was delighted to speak about wine making in China at "MUST Fermenting Ideas"- Wine summit, a worldwide forum for attendees, press and wine tourism industry to actively exchange, share and challenge state-of-the-art presentations by leading wine experts who shape the future of wine industry.
Here is the closing video of the Wine Summit which was organised in Portugal.
Seven Gold medals for China in the Decanter World Wine Awards !
A fantastic result especially with six of those coming from our region of Ningxia We are over the moon to have been awarded a GOLD for our Blanc de Noirs white Cabernet made by Laurenz Moser and team. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘With a new generation of wineries, you will see many more Chinese wineries and wines taking on the challenge of going global with us.’
‘The pace of change in this country is truly amazing.' Laurenz Moser talking to Imbibe UK 's editor Chris Losh in Ningxia, back in October, when we brought four top UK wine-writers to the Chateau and to visit other Ningxia wineries.
They were all blown away by the phenomenal rate of progress and the quality and ambition that is emerging from Ningxia - China’s buzzword region for winemaking - the ‘Napa of China’
25% of the oak barrels used for winemaking at Chateau Changyu Moser XV are made in Changyu's own cooperage in Shandong province using imported French wood – we love these barrels for their very special toast.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This saves a lot in logistics and at the same time allows us to blend China with French oak. After more experiments and trials, Lenz and our winemaking team intends to look for oak grown in China in order to blend it in with French barrels for helping to develop a CCMXV specific, unique style of our wines. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is just the beginning and yet, the goal was clear from the start of our new era in 2015: when you hold a glass of Changyu-Moser XV you should be able to recognise the distinctive style of the Chateau - please give us 10 years #chinesewine#ningxia .
While broadly speaking Bordeaux in style, it is very early days and Ningxia is fast developing its own unique sense of terroir. For our Chief winemaker @lenz_m_moser, this terroir comes through as “a unique kind of Chinese spice” that you don’t find anywhere else. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Chateau Changyu-Moser XV's Grand Vin is a shining example of Cabernet Sauvignon from Ningxia - here sitting proudly on display at one of the world's best department stores
wonderfull romantic place... set at the end of magnificent tree lined path adjacent to the start of a traditional moat adorned with flowing fountains and numerous sculptures of Bacchus the god of wine!
Spring is a busy time in the vineyards, lots of pruning and preparation work to ensure the healthiest vines. Cheery colours, sunshine and warmer weather for the workers! #MondayMotivation#Spring#chinesewine ⠀
Bringing Ningxia wines to Cambridge! Chief Winemaker @Lenz_m_moser is looking forward to introducing the Changyu-Moser XV wines from Ningxia to members of the @cuwinesoc Cambridge University Wine Society on this coming Thursday 9pm. An honour to be part of this prestigious tasting society at the world’s leading university. The #cuwinesoc has been going strong since 1792 ! All the Changyu Moser wines will be on tasting including the innovative white cabernet - wonderful opportunity to discover a taste of things to come for Chinese wine! Do let us know if you are going to be there? We’d love to see your photos of the tasting on social too #chinesewine#ninxgiawines#cambridge
Happy Valentine's Day from Chateau Changyu-Moser XV! In fact, Valentine’s Day in China is not traditionally celebrated on 14 February, but in August as part of the Qixi Festival, which celebrates the legend of the weaver girl and cow herder. In the past women would typically handcraft a gift for their sweetheart, although nowadays the festival is celebrated in a similar way to Valentine’s Day in the West, with flowers and chocolates.
Château Changyu Golden Valley Icewine is located by Huanlong Lake in Liaoning, which has earned itself the reputation of ‘Eastern Ontario.’ Situated in the Changai Mountain Ranges at 380 metres altitude, the Vidal grapes have the perfect vineyard location by mountain
Questions we are often asked #3 How big is the #changyumoserxv estate? We have 250 hectares of vines in total - 60 ha of which are grown on the estate, around the Chateau. We produce 500,000 bottles annually, the majority of which are currently exported to international markets. #chinesewine#ningxia#HappyFriday
The winemaking team getting together for a blending strategy chat over a (pretty impressive) benchmarking tasting to spark ideas and inspiration! This week Lenz Moser is here for the blending of our Grand Vin, Moser Family and ....drumroll...our ´First Flush’- our new icon wine, the ultimate new wine from China! Lenz Moser says: ´´An absolute highlight in my entire career! When do you get a chance to put a country on the map, create a´´best of chateau?’’ Elegance, freshness and drinkability are the guidelines for this new icon wine for China, for. #ningxia and for Changyu-Moser XV. Watch this space!’ #chinesewine#ningxiawines
The first day at the January blending session @changyumoserxv - @lenz_moser with Head Winemaker Mr Fan in a freezing Ningxia- tasting over 100 wines today - 15 , 16 , 17, and 18 vintages - ahead of the first blending session tomorrow. @lenz_m_moser ‘wow, this is already my fourth vintage at the estate!’
Although the history of Chinese winemaking goes back thousands of years, Chinese commercial wine production began in 1892, when an overseas Chinese diplomat, Zhang Bishi, started his winery in Yantai. @changyu_global is the oldest and largest winery in China and @changyumoserxv in #Ningxia is proud to be the flagship winery for the group, under the watchful eye of #globalwineexpert@lenz_m_moser . The striking Chateau in Yinchuan, which bears Moser’s name alongside Changyu, was launched in 2013. #chinesewine
Wishing all our customers and friends around the world a wonderful festive season! #happyholidays#christmas#festiveseason#chinesewine It’s been a good year . yet , the best is yet to come as we are just at the beginning of our mission to convince the world about wine from china. Establishing CCMXV as the chateau belonging in the company of the world’s finest as the ultimate goal - stay tuned for our new releases at PROWEIN
Our Changyu -Moser XV Grand Vin 2013 is now available at one of London’s most exciting and impressive wine shops - the eclectic @hedonism_wines in Mayfair #london@Lenz_m_moser held a wonderful tasting there for press and trade earlier this year.
@lenz_moser says this wine is a ‘beautiful balance of new world meets old – with the positives from both sides’. It’s classic cabernet with the freshness of Bordeaux and intense flavours, power and complexity with a touch of spice à la chinoise. #chinesewine
We are delighted to feature in UK wine-writer @chrislosh ’s new book #wheretodrinkwine by @quadrillebooks – a brilliant guide on the world’s must-visit wineries - wineries who are geared up for visits, tours and tastings. Great Christmas present for #winelovers in your life! Thanks Chris for featuring us and dedicating a little section to China – ‘Wine is exploding in China’ … ‘In Ningxia, you have one of the fastest-growing and most interesting new wine regions on the planet’ ….and speaking on #changyumoserxv ‘there’s no shortage of ambition at this winery.’ ‘It’s vineyards are still relatively young, but Lenz is already excited.’ So if you are in Ningxia …come and see us! We are very well geared up for tourists. We are open 365 days a year, there is a history of wine museum and interactive play area for kids… as you can see in the pic above, fun for adults too! And of course the chance to taste and buy the wines. If you come at harvest time in September October you can taste the grapes too . Visit our site for more details (link in bio) #winesofchina#chinesewine#ningxia#ningxiawines#bookstagram#readersofinstagram
Questions we are asked #2 Wherabouts are you located in #china? Is in Ningxia autonomous region in North Western China on the fringes of the Gobi dDesert and the foothills of the Eastern Helan Mountains. See Map! The Great Wall of China runs along its North Eastern border. It is situated approximately 1,000 kilometres west of #Bejing, in a remote region that was formerly a coal mining area. The vines are irrigated by the YellowRiver. #ningxia is THE buzzword for winemaking in#China at the moment and we are very much at the forefront of this #exitingwines for #chinesewine.
One question we got asked a lot @threewinemen in #London last weekend: ´But are the grapes actually grwon in China?´Answer: YES! Of course. These are healthy cabernet grapes from 12-18 year old vines at our estate vineyard in #ningxia.
But grapes (Vitis vinifera L.) have been grown in China for around 2000 years .Vitis vinifera cultivation and winemaking in China began during the Han Dynasty in the 2nd century with the importation of the species from Ta-Yuan. However, ape production was neglible until the founding of People´s Republic of China. Te area under cultivation of grapes was only about 3,200 hectares.
Today, we have the second largest global vineyard area (847,000 ha) and we are the sixt largest wine producing country - larger than Chile, South Africa or Argentina. Ningxia has 40,000 hectares under vine and over 100 wineries...this is set to double in the next 5-10 years. Look out world - Chinese wine is coming!
Our beautiful 66 hectare flagship vineyard around the #changyumoserxv estate is practically organic. It´so dry in Ningxia that we don´t have to worry about rot or mildew. Grapes from here go into our top end ´Grand Vin´ Chateau Changyu Moser XV Cabernet Sauvignon.
One of many toasts on my last dinner in china for this year was , by the chairman of changyu , the legendary Mr Zhou :“ more than 10 years of partner-/friendship means friendship forever .“ i do know Mr Zhou , Mr Sun , Dr Li , Susan Tan, etc for more than 13 years now - deeply honored - highly motivated #chateauchangyumoserxv#changyu#bestofchina#loveofwine#globalwineexpert
While I now fly the world , visiting customers all over , Mr Fan , Emma and the team #chateauchangyumoserxv are taking care of our precious wines - monumentuous 2016, elegant 2017 and juicy 2017 still need a lot of care , passion before ending up on your table - expect great wines ...
´I was positively surprised by this wine and the fact that the Austrian winemaker Lenz Moser has put his name on the label should give some comfort to the quality.’ We LOVE it when customers around the world share great images of our wines AND great comments (like this recent one for our Moser Family 2015 from @oenophobia in #Stockholm#Sweden#chinesewine#happyfriday#regram#repost#photocredit
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes ready for picking today in sunny #ningxia ... yellow crates at the ready! All hand picking here and double sorting to make sure only the best grapes are selected #chinesewine#ningxia#china#harvest18
The impressive Ningxia Wine bureau today - standing proud in the Yinchuan sunshine and glowing by night! Visiting today with UK wine press.
The bureau takes its role very seriously, helping Ningxia wine producers with all aspects of wine- from viticultural advice, infrastructure support and wine marketing. It plays a key role in helping to make Ningxia the best wine region in China.
86 wineries accredited including #changyumoserxv of course ... this number set to more than double in next ten years!
Wishing everyone a happy Moon Festival! Today in #China it's the celebration of the #moonfestival - the mid-Autumn festival. It’s the second biggest festival after Chinese New Year! A national holiday, much feasting and of course many a #ganbei ! Happy Moon Festival from the wine-making team at Changyu-Moser XV #chinesewine
lenz_m_moser#ontour ! Lenz presenting to wine trade audience in Fuzhou , southern China - tasting and drinks reception This great feedback from one of the delegates: ‘Up until now I have been drinking #australian and #us wines, now I can be proud to say I have changed to Chinese wines ‘
In the winery tasting the Italian Riesling already undergoing fermenting. @lenz_m_moser ‘ it’s excellent, clean and quality fruit.’ This is available for #china only as our focus for our international markets is the #whitecabernet which is seeing so much success in #london#ontrade and other top markets in Europe. The red wine harvest won’t start until next week -delayed because of rain ☔️#chinesewine#harvest2018#ningxiawines
Right before traveling #ningxia#chateauchangyumoserxv#china the book of my grand father prof dr Lenz Moser III. fell into my hands - he taught me :”the quality starts in the vineyard, son !” lots of work still waiting for us -> right before traveling #ningxia#chateauchangyumoserxv#china the book of my grand father prof dr Lenz Moser III. fell into my hands - he taught me :”it starts in the vineyard, son !” lots of work waiting for us still - next phase of quality (r)evolution for our wines
Did you know that Ningxia, China has more sunshine hours than Bordeaux?
Located in a ‘golden zone’ for vineyards, the east foothill of Helan Mountain in #Ningxia has more than 3000 hours of sunshine annually - and all the natural conditions needed for premier cultivation and optimum ripening - including the correct temperature range, pollution-free soil, decent rainfall and irrigation. The environment produces aromatic grapes with high sugar levels and moderate acidity. @lenz_m_moser says ‘All my life, I have been looking for the perfect grape and I am so happy to have found it here at Chateau Changyu-Moser XV’ #changyumoserxv#bestofningxia#countdowntoharvest#photocredit#ningxiawineboard#helanmountain
Find our wines in the world´s famous KaDeWe Berlin as also in other t department stores and wine stores such as Harrod´s London, Le Clos, Selfridges London, Hedonism, Merkur Hoher Markt (Austria) and soon System Bolaget (Sweden)...
Presenting Chateau Changyu Moser XV to the creme dela creme of Hamburgs Chinese restaurants, more than 2.500 seats represented on this table - great reception of Chinas best in Hamburg. White Cab the Star, with Moser Family the star red of yesterdays evening...
Fantastic masterclass this morning with #thewinemerchant magazine and brilliant group of #london#winemerchants spreading the word about #chinesewine and #ningxia as up and coming wine region. Great reception to the wines and the story with much enthusiastic feedback and lively discussion. thanks very much to all of you for coming along!
Mr Fan , my brilliant winemaking colleague #chateauchangyumoserxv#changyumoserxv and our new assistant winemaker Emma ( will join us in July still ) are checking , selecting vineyards for the upcoming harvest - wine growing in paradise ... wine making to belong in the company of the worlds finest.
Whaht do all these wines have in common? They are all Cabernet or Cabernet Sauvignion Blends that stand out on an international level. Lens Moser showed the Changyu Moser XV wines in Munich yesterday and threw in some benchmarks: Sena, Ornellaia, Phelansegur...people were stunned by the Ningxia wines and enthused as to what this newly emerging chinesewine region holds in store for the future.
10 years celebrations with with Changyu Moser XV Wine at the Min Jiang Restaurant at famous Royal Garden Hotel, one of the best Chinese restaurants in London. 15 journalist guests alongside with peking duck and other delights excited and of course with ccmxv wines. White cabernet being the star of innovation again.
300 top customers at one of the coolest locations in Luzern - tasting Chateau Changyu Moser XV from Ningxia: the white Cabernet ist turning into a cult wine now also in Switzerland. A perfect example of innovation from China.
Larry Lee - Yantai Changyu Pioneer International Jim Boyce - Grape Wall & editor for Wine Enthusiast and Wine Business Int'l Niko Rechenberg - Publisher & biggest and most prominent blogger Germanys Douglas Blyde - editor Evening Standard Ilka Lindemann - editor-in-chief Redaktion MEININGERS WEINWELT Thomas Vaterlaus - editor-in-chief Vinum Lenz M. Moser - Chief Winemaker Chateau Changyu Moser XV
We should be thanking our vineyard workers more ofte, value their work even more - they lay the foundation for Ningxia´s so speciall small cabernet berries: full of live, love, spice and grip...and China!
Just finished planning 2018 and again realizing: how much easier it is to build a brand, create China´s No. 1 chateau, when people lobe the quality in their glasses and the qulity of the image. Hence again, my focus to make the very best together with my friends in Ningxia!
Two great awards for Chateau Changyu Moser XV! The ice wine award and the Chinese Winery of the year by IWSC! Lenz Moser attended the ceremony at Guild Hall in London .China is getting the recognition it deserves and going global!
The nature of 2017 red wines is a very special one for me. In a string of 3 consecutive great vintages (2015, 2016, 2017), I do rate 2017 the best. The best, especially from a wine lover's perspective and the enjoyment/drinking factor and also the most durable one.
2017 is a great vintage with its freshness, elegance, pure Ningxia Cabernet Sauvignon fruit with lower alcohol this year.(13.5% -14.5%) Winemakers are smiling as it seems to be the best ever at the Chateau. And don't forget: the work on the wines has just started!