Japanese White Wine

July 16, 2004



The last tasting was held at the Restaurant Bon Chere at Shampia Hotel Akasaka on 17th of July. We tried tasting focused to Japanese wine this time with grapes made 100% in Japan. The grapes we could find were mostly Koshu and Chardonnay.
I actually did not think Japanese wine would be a good idea, but it turned out to be not-so-bad tasting. It became Chardonnay vs Koshu in Japan. Chardonnay beated Koshu. Wine D, Chardonnay, had 2/3 of us to select as 1st for tonight. Including two 2nds, this wine is true winner for tonight.
But some Koshu did good job as well. Wine F had gained two 1st . and wine H became 3rd for tonight. It is more than we have expected as the charactor of Koshu is "Mild" in every aspect. It showed firm body and well balanced acidity and sweetness. I believe it has reached the time we can try these Japanese wine to compare world-widely.


No Wine Year Grape Region Yen Shop Rank 1s 2s Ls
A Rejoice 2002 Koshu Japan 2,940 Chuo Shuzo 6 0 0 0
B Grace, Sur Lie, Torii-daira 2003 Koshu Japan 2,200 Chuo Shuzo 8 0 0 1
C Cour-Cheverny, Thierry Puzelat 2002 Romarantin Rhone 2,780 - 7 1 0 1
D Chardonnay, Takahata Winery 2000 Chardonnay Japan Yamagata 2,636 Takahata Winery 1 8 2 0
E Chateau Takeda 1996 Chardonnay Japan Yamagata 5,000 Takeda Winery 4 1 2 1
F Chateau Lumiere, Hikari 2000 Koshu Japan 3,150 Chateau Lumiere 4 2 2 0
G Solaris, Manns Wine 2001 Chardonnay Japan 3,129 Cave de Relax 2 0 2 0
H Koshu, Sur Lie, Ch. Mercian 2002 Koshu Japan 1,344 Cave de Relax 3 0 4 0
I Cave D'Occi, 2001 Chardonnay Japan, Niigata 3,098 Cave D'Occi 9 0 0 7

Rank: 1=Most Prefered, 9=Worst,
1s:No of attendee prefered best,
2s: No of attendee chose second best,
Ls:No of atendee ranked worst

Dishes for tonight

Place: at the restaurent Bon Chere, Shampia Hotel Akasaka


Homemade Ham of Nikko Whitepork


Marinated Seki Mackerel, with Kiwi fruit sauce


Cold Peech Vichyssoise


Poele Pike Conger, white wine sauce


Confit French guinea fowl


Fig Compote and Itoh's Freshmint Icecream

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