A friend brought this back a couple years ago from a trip he took with his wife to China.  Chateau Changyu AFIP Global Beijing is a joint venture of China, America, Italy, Portugal and other countries.   The chateau's purpose is apparently divided into winemaking, tourism, training and leisure. It opened to the public June 23, 2008.  It is located in Miyun County, northeast of Beijing, a one hour drive from downtown Beijing.   Garnet in color, a bit flat but otherwise looking appropriate.  The nose is Bordeaux-like with black cherries, black currants, dust and some fresh tobacco.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is good with nice cherry and some black currant fruit.  Some underlying cigar notes.  Fine balance.  Moderate finish.  Certainly, this drinks like a Bordeaux.  It seems closer to maturity.  This would work better with food, perhaps I suppose, Szechuan Beef?  Drink over the next few years, but maybe longer.  

Grade: 
B
Score: 
87

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