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Robert Parker gives Ningxia Zhangyu Chateau Mosel XV 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon 93 points

There is a famous Parker's Law in the international wine market: wines above 90 Parker points cannot be bought, and wines below 90 Parker points cannot be sold.

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The so-called Parker, the famous American wine critic Robert Parker, founder of Parker Wine Reviews (www.erobertparker.com) and WineAdvocate magazine, whose percentage scoring system has a one-word impact on the international wine market.

If Dionysus was the ancient Greek god of wine and Bacchus was the ancient Roman god of wine, then Parker is a contemporary god of wine, and Ecco Press" biography of Parker is even titled The Emperor of Wine.

Recently, Parker Wine Reviews published a tasting record of the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Ningxia Zhangyu Chateau Mosel XV, giving it a score of 93 points.

The review reads: dark garnet in color, with pronounced aromas of clove, toast and smoke (this wine was aged for 24 months in 80% new oak barrels), accompanied by ripe cassis and berry fruit flavors and a hint of leather. The palate is full-bodied and powerful, and blends quite well with the high 15% alcohol content. Very Cabernet Sauvignon style tannins (firm, chewy and angular), with a rather vibrant acidity that lifts the fruitiness of ripe black fruits, complemented by pronounced toasted oak notes and some developing flavors. The aftertaste is long and concentrated. Ready to drink now, but worth at least another five or six years in the cellar.

In Parker's percentage scoring system, a bottle of wine has a basic score of 50 points, with the following components: 5 points for appearance, 15 points for aroma, 20 points for taste and finish, and 10 points for overall performance and aging potential.

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Ningxia Zhangyu Chateau Mosel XV scored 93 points, in the 90-95 point range, which is defined by the Parker scoring system as a wine of great complexity and quality.

Located in the eastern foothills of the Helan Mountains, Ningxia Zhangyu Chateau Mosel XV produces dry red, dry white and rosé wines, classified as Grand Cru, Reserve and Entry Level wines.

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was awarded 93 points by Parker Wine Spectator, was made from 12 to 18 year-old vineyards, selected by hand from the vines and automatically by an optical graining machine, with a low temperature maceration and controlled fermentation process. The final bottling was only 37,486 bottles, a single-digit yield.

According to statistics, Ningxia Zhangyu Chateau Mosel XV products have now been exported to 44 countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia and Canada, and have entered the British Royal Wine Merchant BBR, London Hedonism Wines, Dubai International Airport Le Clos duty-free store, Canada Liquor Board of Ontario store (LCBO), Italy Meregalli, Berlin KaDeWe department store (KaDeWe) and other famous stores, and into the world famous restaurants such as Beijing Michelin 3-star New Wing Kee (South Xin Yuan Road), Germany Michelin 3-star Vendome, UK Michelin 2-star Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.