Château Merican Koshu Gris de Gris

Chateâu Mercian

Château Merican Koshu Gris de Gris

Château Merican Koshu Gris de Gris

Chateâu Mercian

A very distinctive orange wine with great balance. Don't mistake them for hipsters jumping on the orange wine bandwagon—they've been doing the Gris de Gris since 2002. Called Gris (grey in French), because the Koshu grapes have a tinge of grey in its purple-pink skins. With alluring wild rose aromas and savory dimensions, Koshu Gris de Gris owes its warm, inviting Santa-Monica-Pier-sunset tint, three-dimensional feeling in the mouth, and complex palate of Koshu skin and seeds from undergoing skin fermentation (juice and skin fermented together) for four weeks. A great way to enjoy the Koshu grape from head to tail, as its skin, seeds, and juice all work together towards the final expression of the wine.

ML.
750
VOL.
ALC.
11%
VOL.

ABOUT THIS BOTTLE

CHÂTEAU MERICAN KOSHU GRIS DE GRIS

Attractive salmony-hue of orange with a touch of pale pink. A wine in an elegant frame with aromas of Darjeeling, apricot, wild rose, cream, and vanilla from the oak barrels. Notes of tangerine, apricot skin, peach blossoms, along with a subtle earthiness, a nutty, spicy savouriness, and a saline acidity. An intriguingly balanced act.

DETAILS

Wine Type: White Wine
Varietal: Koshu
Vintage: 2016
Style: Dry

TASTING NOTES


HOW TO ENJOY

PAIRING

Anything with sweet seasonings of mirin, sugar, and soy sauce pair wonderfully, but due to the amount and type of tannin seen in Gris de Gris that is so unique from your other, general white wines, pair it with umami and bitterness, and they will sing together to make sweet, sweet music. Think tempura or rice steamed with earthy maitake mushrooms and a drop of soy sauce.

SERVING

Best served in a wine glass, slightly chilled.

 

 

   

  

 

Chateâu 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.