Asian Wine Review 2016 | English


Anzo Kobayashi 1425-1, Shimoiwasaki, Katsunuma-cho, Koshu-shi, Yamanashi-pref, JAPAN 520,000 Liters (+81) 553 441 012

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Wines Entered: 9

WINERY OF THE YEAR 2016 Chateau Mercian, established in 1970, is one of the pioneering brands of the Japanese wine industry. Located in Katsunama in the Yamanashi region, Chateau Mercian was the first Japanese winery to be profiled by Wine Spectator and garner international recognition. In addition to it’s Yamanashi headquarters, the brand now also operates vineyards and collaborates with growers in the Kigyogahara, Hokushin, Omori & Nitsuru regions, in an effort to offer the best that Japan has to offer.

Jyonohira, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Produced Best Enjoyed

Retail Alcohol

1,100 btls

USD 115 12.8 %


Judges Comments Highlighted by some deeply evolved colours which hint at its age. An excellent expression of what Cabernet Sauvignon should smell and taste like. Flavours of green pepper, cassis, violets and mint are tightly balanced. The oak handling is well considered. It’s integration with the palate helps provide structure and a long finish. A brilliant wine that is ready to drink. GOLD MEDAL: 93 points

Mariko Vineyard, 2012 Syrah

Produced Best Enjoyed

1,050 btls

Retail Alcohol

USD 28 11.9 %


GOLD MEDAL: 93 points

Judges Comments Clearly made from fruits planted in a cooler climate as it displays characters of white pepper, blueberries and violets. Excellent acidity that sits in the driver’s seat dictating the structure and path across the palate. Flavours are layered in an elegant manner and highlighted by supple tannins and a mid palate of bursting berries. A top quality wine.


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