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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

Yamanashi (山梨)
Rice type
Domestic rice (国産米)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
Alcohol content
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.


  • 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

Yamanashi Meijō Co., Ltd.
Name in Japanese
2283 Hakushucho Daigahara, Hokuto, Yamanashi 408-031
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
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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〒408-0312 山梨県北杜市白州町台ヶ原2283

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