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Gozenshu Tokubetsu Jumaï Ginjô Lei Sapphire sake
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  • Gozenshu Tokubetsu Jumaï Ginjô Lei Sapphire sake

Gozenshu Tokubetsu Jumaï Ginjô Lei Sapphire sake

Gozenshu Tokubetsu Jumaï Ginjô Lei Sapphire sake

Réference : NISGS6

€54.60
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The name Lei refers to a sacred creature of Japanese mythology. The first brewing of the LEI series, started in 2011, stopped suddenly due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, was resumed in 2012.

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The original plan was to brew an ultimate sake using Yamadanishiki rice cultivated in best districts in Hyogo Prefecture (35% polished). Liquor with an alcohol content as low as 12% was designed, using the Hitomebore rice variety, given its mild and voluminous quality. Being of excellent quality, meeting the expectations of a brewer, it was released for the first time as the LEI series.
Lei Sapphire Label is the first of its kind designed to go well with appetizers, fish dishes and stewed meat dishes in French cuisine as well as with cheeses and desserts.
Three requirements were derived from interviews with distinguished French chefs:
• A low alcohol content
• A full body taste that goes well with meat dishes
• Excellent compatibility with all food ingredients
The first challenge, therefore, was to come up with a new brewing method to reduce the alcohol content to 12%, which could only be possible through the expertise of the genius brewer Gotoh. Rendering a full body taste and achieving compatibility with all food ingredients do not usually go hand in hand, as the former results in more umami (savory)
ingredients and sourness. The solution, then, was to ensure a healthy fermentation to strike a balance between a full body taste, sweetness, savoriness, sourness and an alcoholic touch.
Result :
Flavor : a unique experience. It has the flavor of a fully-ripe melon with a hint of banana and other tropical fruits, based on a candy taste and milky sweetness.
Initial taste : the sweetness of glucose derived from rice greets the tip of tongue, while a full body taste and a round, gentle texture spread across the palate, producing a juicy result.
Final taste : Katsuyama’s true value lies in its touch of sweetness, which does not linger. Its solid, rich after taste fades smoothly, suggesting that of a well-brewed, natural wine. Lei Sapphire Label has a fruity flavor. It is smooth because its alcoholic content is as low as an average glass of wine.
Being more savory and sour than ordinary sake, moreover, it is an ideal choice for wine lovers. 

Our perfect combination : with its gentle and smooth taste, it goes well with a variety of Western appetizers.
It is particularly recommended as an accompaniment to cured hams (Parma, San Daniel, Iberico de Bellota ...), tempura, fish, slow-cooked meats, foie gras, blue cheeses and desserts.
It also goes perfectly with Chinese dishes, such as Shanghai crab or shark fin soup.
Finally, as an accompaniment to Japanese cuisine, its very good balance allows it to satisfy a female clientele who can enjoy it throughout a Kaiseki dinner, from starter to dessert.

NISGS6
Origin
Miyagi, Japan
Brewery
KATSUYAMA SUPREME
Weight
720 ml net
Packaging
glass bottle dark colour, Lord Date Masamune armor colour (17th century, the fief Lord of the current Miyagi Prefecture)
Ingredients
hitomebore rice (Sendaï), rice kôji
Storage
in the refrigerator between +2°C and +10°C
Utilisation
Cocktail
Volume of pure alcohol
12%
Rice polishing ratio "seimaï-buai"
55%
Acidity
1.8
Filtering
fukuro shibori
natural
Appearance
cloudy appearance
slightly straw color
Palate
mellow
silky
Idéal tasting temperature
+8°C to +12°C
Service
white wine glass
Category
Junmaï
Tokubetsu
Our tip
Rotate the bottle (head to tail) 2 or 3 times. Rice starch saccharification generates glucose, which is more dense than the rest of the liquid. The glucose is at the bottom of the bottle and this rotation helps spreading uniformly throughout the bottle.
Excise category
W200
Recommandation
EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IS DANGEROUS FOR YOUR HEALTH. DRINK WITH MODERATION. CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES DURING PREGNANCY, EVEN IN SMALL QUANTITY, CAN HAVE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE CHILD’S HEALTH. THE SALE OF ALCOHOL IS FORBIDDEN TO MINORS UNDER AGE 18
KATSUYAMA SUPRÊME SAKÉ

The nihonshu of the Lords

Katsuyama sake brewery established in the second half of the 17th century, more precisely between 1650 and 1688, in the current Prefecture of Miyagi controlled then by a very powerful Samurai Chief (Sengoku Daimyõ) answering the name Date Masamune. The region of Sendaï was his Kingdom and owed his financial power to the cultivation of rice, a real currency at the time but also a symbol of financial power.

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