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Yamanashi Meijo Shichiken Birodonoaji Junmai Ginjo

Yamanashi Meijō's signature sake is as smooth as its name implies: celestial velvet.

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Sake specs

Prefecture
Yamanashi (山梨)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
57%
Alcohol content
15%
The Shichiken Birodonoaji Junmai Ginjō (山梨銘醸 七賢 天鵞絨 純米吟醸) is Yamanashi Meijō's signature sake. The sake name means "velvet taste". A fruit-forward bouquet of pear followed by black pepper and mint; smooth, off-dry, low acidity with medium body, lots of umami and a medium finish with a hint of tomato leaf. The structure is firm with some corners. A subtle sake packed with flavour as a result of a long careful fermentation at low temperatures. Chill and put in a wine glass to fully appreciate the aroma. Pair with meat dishes like roast beef.

Awards:

  • Bronze in Junmai Ginjo category from International Wine Challenge 2020 Sake
  • Bronze in Junmai Ginjo category from International Wine Challenge 2019 Sake
  • Silver in Junmai Ginjo category from International Wine Challenge 2018 Sake
  • Silver in Junmai Ginjo category from Sake Competition 2018
  • Bronze in Junmai Ginjo category from International Wine Challenge 2017 Sake
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About the brewery

Brewery
Yamanashi Meijō Co., Ltd.
Name in Japanese
山梨銘醸株式会社
Address
2283 Hakushucho Daigahara, Hokuto, Yamanashi 408-031
Phone
0551-352-236
Website
Yamanashi Meijō Brewery is located in Hakushu-cho, Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture. Hokuto is famous for its quiet greenery and natural beauty. Rain and snowmelt from Mount Kaikoma (甲斐駒ヶ岳 Kaikoma-ga-take) upstream seeps into the ground and is slowly polished over a long period of time by layers of granite. The resulting subsoil water is soft and clear. In this area, there are whiskey distilleries, mineral water factories, long-established Japanese confectionery stores, and confectionery manufacturers, all of which enjoy the rich blessings of local nature.

The brewery was founded in 1750 by Kitahara Ibei (北原伊兵衛), a descendant of the Kitahara family who had been brewing sake for generations in Shinshū (modern-day Nagano Prefecture). The name 'Shichiken' (七賢) was given to their sake in 1835 after the Lord of Takato Castle gave the brewery a pair of fanlights entitled "Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove" as a gift. The backroom of the main building, which was used by the Meiji Emperor as his temporary lodging during his visit in 1880, has been designated as a national heritage site and is open to the public along with the brewery. In recent years, the brewery has become popular as a tourist spot where visitors can spend a leisurely time, as it operates a restaurant that serves dishes using fermentation technology and a café that uses koji sugar, a sweetener made from rice malt.

Latest reviews

Dry, yet sweet. And smooth as velvet.
Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Mellow and fruity/floral nose with a hint of spicy alcohol: apple, lychee, and perhaps melon. Very smooth and well-balanced body, slight acidity. This is our second Shichiken, and it's as exquisite as the first one. We used wine glasses.
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Location
〒408-0312 山梨県北杜市白州町台ヶ原2283

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