With much talk about the Chinese market for Bordeaux, one important segment has until now not been officially permitted in China: Sauternes and Barsac.
The renowned Bordeaux sweet wines – and other dessert wines – contain more than 250 mg of sulphur per litre, more than the limit Chinese authorities established for all wines.
The change is the latest in a series of rule modifications which began in 2005, according to OIV scientist Jean-Claude Ruf. That was when China agreed regulations that restricted wine to a beverage made exclusively from 100% grape juice, Ruf told Decanter.com.
So, to my fellow Chinese wine drinkers, let's raise a glass of Chateau Coutet and toast your (hopefully) newfound love of this golden wine.