Friday (barely) Sake Review : Kuheiji Eau du Desir 2011

IMG_5595I think it’s only appropriate that I write about this sake this week, as Kuheji san was visiting us in Canada recently. It’s a brewery that goes back to 1647 but as the 15th generation owner and head of the company, Kuheiji Kuno is shaking things up…

Sake, for hundreds of years, has been said, should taste the similar (if not the same), year after year. There is a ‘house style’, kind of like non-vintage Champagne. So the brewer’s skill was in being able to recreate that profile no matter what conditions you were faced. Kuheiji, on the other hand, questioned this notion and said that he’s going to make sakes that taste different, depending on the vintage. The vintage indicated is for the rice harvest year and there is no blending. Since 2008, all of the Kuheiji sakes are vintaged, making it the only brewery that has vintage declarations for all products.

Respecting the past, heritage and legacy of sake making, yet not afraid to question what others have not, Kuheiji is a frontier in an often conservative industry.

Kuheiji Eau du Desir 2011

Specs:

Rice: 100% Yamadanishiki

Polish: 50%

Alcohol: 16%

Vintage: 2011

Sake Meter Value (SMV): N/A not indicated, as the brewery does not believe in giving this information to the public. They believe it is misleading and unnecessary.

Tasting notes: Floral, with notes of Summer berries, mangoes. Medium richness on palate, medium acidity. Concentrated fruit with medium finish.

Has aged well, the elements (alcohol, fruit, acidity, etc.) have mellowed, have integrated. Aging sake is for another post!