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.
Wine Type: White Wine
HOW TO ENJOY
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.
Best served in a wine glass, slightly chilled.
CHÂTEAU MERCIAN WINERYLEARN MORE
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.