Chandon China

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Chandon China
Chandon China

Chandon Chandon China

Chandon China is pioneering sparkling wine in China. In a booming market, it demonstrates Moët & Chandon’s desire to be involved in the development of Chinese consumers' lifestyles.

Creation date: 2013
Estate Director: Shen Yang
Head office: No.1, Chandon road, Huang Yang Tan farm, Yong Ning, Ningxia 750002 - China

Identity

Located in the north of China, at the heart of the Nigxia Hui Autonomous Region – one of the country’s largest winegrowing areas – Chandon China was founded in 2013.
The region’s exceptional climatic, environmental and geological conditions convinced a team of international experts to establish the estate in this protected terroir. The area is ideal for growing chardonnay and pinot noir, two varieties that are essential for creating sparkling wines using the classic “méthode traditionnelle” style.
The estate boasts production facilities that are among the most advanced in the world: a pneumatic press, controlled temperature fermentation, and an automatic bottling and disgorging system.
The estate’s first sparkling wine, launched in 2014, is a reflection of its roots: it subtly blends Chinese audacity and modernity with age-old French savoir-faire.

Bottle of Chandon China wine © Chandon China

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Launched in 2014, Chandon Rosé is the emblem of Chandon China. It represents the House's quest for excellence and its respect for traditional French savoir-faire. Made from 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir, Chandon Rosé has a delicate pale pink color and fine bubbles that are characteristic of its production using the champenoise method style.

Bottle of Chandon Rosé © Chandon China

Insights

Shen Yang, estate Director © Chandon China

” With its 30-year history of winegrowing, the Ningxia region has shown that its natural conditions – a dry climate, protected environment and well irrigated soil – were ideal for producing grapes of high quality. We then select the best of our chardonnay and pinot noir crop to ensure that we create excellent sparkling wines. “

Architecture

Located at the foot on Helan Mountain, Chandon China winery covers an area of 6,300 m2. It has not only cellars and vinification rooms, but also a welcome centre for visitors, a tasting area and a restaurant.
The building was designed by the MAP architectural practice, who wanted to create a space with a modern aesthetic. The horizontal lines evoke the flat and arid land at the foot of the mountain. The red color of the interior is inspired by the shades of wine and by Chinese culture.
Due to the area’s topography, the cellars were built at ground level rather than underground. They were then covered with earth in order to achieve the ideal conditions for wine fermentation and maturation.

Photo of the winery surrounded by vineyards © Chandon China
Photo of the winery surrounded by vineyards © Chandon China

Savoir-faire

Chandon China’s wines are created using the same techniques found in the Champagne region.
In order to ensure the creation of exceptional wines, only the best bunches of grapes are harvested. The fruits are then vinified separately, variety by variety.
Then comes the blending phase when pinot noir and chardonnay are mixed together to create a new vintage. This then ferments for a second time in bottle. The carbon dioxide that its formed by the transformation of sugar into alcohol then appears in the form of fine and elegant bubbles.

Fermentation of wine © Chandon China

Key figures

  • 1st sparkling wine produced in China according to international standards
  • 1st in the TOP 100 'Charming Wineries' rated by the magazine Wine in China in 2013
  • 6,300 m2. The surface area of the winery