Château Mercian Koshu Gris de Gris, Fuefuki District 2017


Château Mercian

An exceptional expression of Japanese culture, let alone Japanese wine. This gentle wines quiet persistence and certainty of presence on the palate is a delight. You need to slow down, pop on some noise-cancelling headphones and enjoy its subtle, textural charms. Like sucking a freshly-shucked oyster through pink silk.

Meet the producer

As grapes were never indigenous to Japan all grapevines had been introduced to the region with the movement of the spice...



Koshu grapes are grown in the Fuefuki district, one of the 13 cities located in Yamanashi Prefecture. Harvest takes place from late September to early October. This wine spends 3 weeks on skins to achieve the vibrant apricot-skin hue. Fermentation in a stainless steel tank at 24 to 26 degrees for about 28 days, in an oak barrel at 20 to 22 degrees for about 14 days. The wine spends 8 months in oak barrels.

Tasting notes

Faint reddish orange hue. Sweet and gentle aromas of apricot, candied pear, Darjeeling, old Rose with subtle vanilla notes are derived from 8 months in oak barrels. The complex palate from the skins and seeds of the Koshu grape come from gentle skin contact, this creates a three-dimensional feeling in the mouth.

Food match

Matches well with asian dishes, asparagus risotto or stony river fish.


2017 Vintage

IWC 2019