Kweichow Moutai 1952 WuXing



This is a extremely rare Kweichow Moutai WuXing, bottled for the Chinese domestic market August 1952, one year after the founding of Kweichow but still produced at Hengxing, run by Lai Mao (known for the record-selling 1935 bottle, the oldest Moutai known in existence), one of 3 distilleries which eventually formed Kweichow Moutai. In September 1952, one month after the release of this bottle, Moutai was one of 4 liquors/wines which where selected in the national wine appraisal held in Beijing.

In the early years (1952-1966) Moutai was bottled in 3-mold ceramic earthenware decanters of which shape and labels changed from year to year. From July 1966 these decanters where replaced by Opaque (milky white glass) bottles which offered the precious liquor a better protection against the influence of light and also reduced the risk of leaks.


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In China, Moutai (or Maotai) is known as ‘the national liquor’. It is made from a grain called red sorghum at Kweichow Moutai Co, Ltd, the country’s most famous baijiu (Chinese spirits) distillery. Maotai is served at all Chinese state banquets and often presented as a diplomatic gift.

Moutai is produced in Maotai Town, which is located within Guizhou (Kweichou) Province. Like champagne, only the baijiu  produced in Maotai Town can be called Maotai, and more specifically only the baijiu  produced by Kweichow Moutai Co, Ltd. Other Maotai is called Maotai Town baijiu. Exactly when the first formal liquor production sites in the town of Maotai were established is not known, but one source dates a distilling workshop to 1599 during the Ming dynasty.

In the early 1950s, local government merged Chengyi, Ronghe and Hengxing to establish the state-run Moutai Distillery. Since then, it has undergone multiple expansions.

Today, the share price of Kweichow Moutai Co, Ltd continues to rise. According to a report by Fortune, ‘Maotai baijiu’s fiery flavour and potential to appreciate in price is driving blistering demand. That in turn has pushed its market value to more than $145 billion, well past British whisky giant Diageo Plc.’

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Weight 3 kg


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