Château Mercian Moegi

Chateâu Mercian

Château Mercian Moegi

Château Mercian Moegi

Chateâu Mercian

A precise blend of Chardonnay, a European variety, and Koshu, a Japanese variety, that achieves a smart balance between lively acidity, minerality, and rich fruitiness. A perfect blend of European and Japanese traditions; like Monet painting in Ukiyo-e style, Vuitton and Murakami, or French pastries in Japan. (If you've been, you know.) The Koshu grapes are taken from three different Prefectures; while this may tone down the expressiveness of terroir, it results in bringing out the best qualities of the Koshu grape in general. Aged partly in stainless steel and partly in oak. Moe (pronounced moe-eh) means a light, newly-out leaf green, and represents the characteristics of Koshu, while Gi (usually pronounced "ki") means yellow, and represents the characteristics of Chardonnay. From the Quality Series.

ML.
750
VOL.
ALC.
12%
VOL.

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.

DETAILS

Wine Type: White Wine
Varietal: Koshu, Chardonnay
Vintage: 2018
Style: Dry

TASTING NOTES


HOW TO ENJOY

PAIRING

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.

SERVING

Best served chilled in a white wine glass.

 

 

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.

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