ABOUT THIS BOTTLE
CHÂTEAU MERICAN MOEGI
Pale golden yellow, with shots of green running through. Citrus aromas of grapefruit, lime, and yuzu, along with peach, apricot, white flowers; a gentle waft of vanilla gives it complexity. Balanced acidity and minerality with rich fruitiness. It's a straight-A student that never makes a mistake: you don't want to like them, but you know you're just jealous and being petty, so give this one a whirl: it's an elegant bottle, and you'll marvel how they pull it off with such ease.
Wine Type: White Wine
Varietal: Koshu, Chardonnay
HOW TO ENJOY
Goes well with light fares with a punch—wild seasonal greens such as fiddleheads, ramps, asparagus, and mushrooms. Hot pot with ponzu, Roasted vegetable tartines, butter-sauteed white fish.
Best served chilled in a white wine glass.
CHÂTEAU MERCIAN WINERYLEARN MORE
Château Mercian, founded in 1887, was the first privately-owned winery in Japan. It is now part of Kirin Holdings family, one of the biggest beverage companies in Japan. Yes, yes, yes, the natural inclination is to go for small, boutique businesses, but do yourself a huge favor and do NOT dismiss Mercian as some boring behemoth, because they've done fascinating work. They're actually a real game changer in Japan's wine industry—it's the big, hunkin' train that could.