Make it rain!

Summer is coming and you’re thinking about coconuts, cicadas, cocktails and sand beaches… how relaxing. But we all know summer doesn’t come for free in Japan, do we not?

Yes, I’m talking about the infamous Tsuyu, or Japanese monsoon, that will plague us all until next August. I mean, unless your dream is to live in an open-world sauna for 60 days straight of course.

But if you are like us, fear not as you’ve come to the right place. Here we’ll try to give you tips to survive to apocalypse in the form of a beautiful 2-bt wine set. You know the drill 😉

This time we will focus on Cabernet Franc, a quite famous grape that, if well prepared, can freshen up both body and soul in wonderful ways. That’s the power of Cabernet Franc…


◆ KEZAKO, Domaine Sebastian David

First part of the survival kit: getting introduced to Sébastien David craft.

Just knowing this guy exists will give you wings (what?). Sébastien is a talented winemaker always looking for new and modern ways to work the sole and only grape varietal of his estate: the Cabernet Franc, you guessed it.

From egg-shaped concrete tanks to decades-old barrels and, I kid you not, terracotta amphoras on conveyor belts, Sébastien pushes way beyond what would be expected from a Loire-Valley estate.

Second part of the survival kit: KEZAKO.
Literally meaning “What the hell?” in French slang, KEZAKO is a fascinating wine aged in egg-shaped concrete tanks for half a year. This helps extracting both Cabernet Franc fruitiness and freshness while also making the wine breathe a lot more than in other type of tanks. This, combined with the fact it’s a non-filtered and sulphite free wine, makes it for a light, slightly fizzy and very refreshing red perfectly suited for cloudy or rainy days. If you don’t know what to eat, we highly recommend Japanese udon with ponzu sauce, for its affinity with KEZAKO aromatic profile especially, or tomato-based cuisine and saline cheese like Burrata.


◆ JEAN, Domaine Millaire

Third part of the survival kit: JEAN
Named after the winemaker himself (…hon hon hon) JEAN is a very unique wine. So unique that, after the first sip, I couldn’t take my eyes off it for a moment, like touched by grace.

But Simon, how is this even possible?

Well, JEAN is a sparkling rosé from Bordeaux, which already is a rare feat, and produced exactly like a Champagne on top of that. The notable exception being that it is made of Cabernet Franc instead of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. This clever twist gives JEAN a clean and sharp profile in-mouth, with small but crisp bubbles, and notes of pepper and fresh capsicum. Capsicum, or bell-pepper if you prefer. And yes, you heard right, I'm saying it tastes like the little green stuff on meat skewers at BBQs. 

But trust me, not only does it taste good by itself, it also pairs well with many types of food. We recommend trying it with grilled meat, salad, deep-fried tempura, yakitori chicken, vegemite (just kidding, put the spoon down mate) or seafood, especially octopus marinated in lemon.

Until the real summer starts, take care of yourself and enjoy your Cabernet Franc! 😉


¥8,500 (inc. tax)

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