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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

"China has become the world's sixth most important grower of grapevines," says Jancis Robinson MW. However, the quality of wines available has not always lived up to the market demand, she argues. On previous trips Robinson had been struck by "the relatively low quality of Chinese wine and by what an extraordinarily high proportion of it tasted like very, very thin, not quite clean, red Bordeaux". But a trip to China in early 2008 has restored some of her faith. Recommendations for the adventurous include: 2003 Catai, Superior Cabernet Sauvignon Shandong; Chteau Junding, 2005 Oriental Dry Red Bordeaux Blend Shandong; and 2005 Grace Vineyard, Chairman's Reserve Shanxi.