Gozenshu Gen Junmaï Daïginjô sake
The Gen denomination refers to the Genroku era, late seventeenth century, when Katsuyama House established and began to produce this style of sake.
Gozenshu Gen is pale straw colored with a cloudy appearance. The notes are initially those of steam cooked rice. Then stronger candied pears aromas appear, pear compote and honey notes, all with an incredible freshness. Nose is very «spumante» and gives the impression that the mouth is filled with pearls. The mouth is mellow, sweet, with a touch of Chenin de Loire, wine late harvests; impression of a sweet semi-dry, of pear compote or pie, with light salted butter caramel accents.
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Gozenshu Den Junmaï Daiginjô sake
Gozenshu is a fermented rice wine, the very best for the Nihon Shu, only reserved for the Lords of feudal Japan. Den means tradition.
Gozenshu Den is pale yellow in color, with a quite cloudy appearance. The attack is surprising, generous, very round, a great aromatic fineness, very fruity, green anise, grated green apple, white peach and lily of the valley notes, with no weakness, with a superb balance and purity.
Nose is very much a white wine straight out of the vat, on lie.
We take delight in the acid apple side, the viscosity (round drops), the color between white alcohol and young Sancerre.
Nose is sometimes Sauvignon, between flower and fruit. Concentrated and harmonious.
At the beginning, middle and end there is never any weakness in the taste, length, an aromatic persistency, a great balance and a superb richness.
No astringency, the sweetness and sourness more pleasant than the acidity.
The fifth taste (or umami) is very rich.
Mouth is fleshy, strong, full. We like the warm side, the balanced acidity and the light, pleasant bitterness.
You can sense a perfect mix with bitterness, fishes, citrus fruits, root vegetables, scallops, langoustines.
The time in the mouth is disconcerting. A lot of elegance, fineness, very mineral.
This Gozenshu is very feminine.
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Ken Junmaï Ginjô sake
Awarded World's Best Sake Sake Junmaï Ginjô by Prestigious International Wine Challenge Trophy 2019 !
Usually, a small volume of distilled rice alcohol is added to Daiginjô Nihonshu at the end of the process to develop aromas and flavors. This is not the case for the Nihonshu Ken, which counts on the expert know-how, the selection of rice, its origin and the quality of the water used to produce an outstanding result.
Initial taste : the sweetness of the glucose coming from the rice gives a very soft first impression, while the fullness covers the palate and gives a sensation of juiciness. Very sophisticated and balanced, you will feel delicate notes of melon, pear, peach and apple.
Final taste : Katsuyama Nihonshu’s true value is its subtle and never dominating sweet taste. This final note fades slowly, as for the best natural wines.
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Gozenshu Akatsuki Junmaï Daïginjô sake
This sake was created by delicate method based on new thinking to present extremely pure and tasty sake which never existed.
The rice "Yamada nishiki" having the best grade produced in Mirai, Hyogo was polished into 35%.
After fermented slowly and carefully, it was separated into sake and sake lees by centrifugal separation (Enshin shibori) method at low temperature. It can extract only Umami essence of rice. You can enjoy mellow, pure and beautiful sake texture.
Akatsuki is a word that means "new dawn" and "sunrise" because this sake is a new modern style. This is the essence of Nihon shu, representing only 8% of the must after filtering. The sweet, rich scent and round, full-bodied mouth are appreciated with extreme clarity. Combining a high level of perfection with a delicate balance of flavors and aromas, this sake expresses a high-end umami. The Gonzenshu Akatsuki is very pale yellow, and on the nose, attention is immediately captured.
This Gozenshu is rather masculine, very mineral, of a great complexity.
The aroma is subtle and discreet and the first nose is very fresh. You will notice very floral notes (lily of the valley), green apple granny-smith accents (freshness of the green apple when you eat it), pineapple, green anise, citrus fruit, peach, Muscat, banana, or even straw notes.
The nose is powerful, concentrated, and the aromatic sources marked. Relatively mineral, saline, blind close to the Meursault. We like the aromatic length in the mouth that lasts 2 to 3 min, the intensity, the developed power (phenomenal and without power of alcohol), the notes of wild berries, the great richness, the very beautiful balance, the surprising harmony , the high purity, the delicacy of the texture, the very pleasant acidity, the very fine bitterness (sometimes a rather mirabelle side) the great fluidity, the fleshy, spicy and mineral finish.
A fabulous vintage !
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