TANAKA 1789
X
CHARTIER

BLEND 001
VINTAGE 2018

NAMA-ZUME
JUNMAI SAKE

A first in the world of sake, this inaugural blend "crafted for food" awakens the taste buds with a unique natural fresh acidity reminiscent of the elegance and verticality of the best white wines of the world.
Chartier has "crafted for food" a unique 2018 vintage Blend 001 by finding the best harmony between Tanaka’s new Chartier-style sakes. The resulting aromatic sake explodes into a symphony of flavors from the first sip.
DOMINANT AROMA
Aniseed and fresh basil.
MOUTHFEEL
Dense, round and creamy, with a vivid final feel.
LINGERING FLAVOURS
Peach and pineapple, coconut and almond milk.

CHANGING THE PROCESS

THE PROCESS GENERATES THE PRODUCT. IF YOU NEVER CHANGE THE PROCESS, YOU WILL ALWAYS GET THE SAME RESULT.
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Master blender François Chartier and toji Morikawa work closely together to change the process of making sake at Tanaka 1789.

Their goal: to develop the perfect final product to be used for making the best blends. Each blend is different in texture, flavor, color and, of course, aroma: making room for individuality.

That’s why each blend requires a different elaboration process, but always with the same attention and respect for tradition and philosophy. The one common denominator remains JUNMAI.

THE 10 STEPS IN OUR SAKE MAKING

Rice is the primary ingredient. The use of local rice varieties is our signature and identity: Kuro no Hana adds more acidity and fragrance. We also use the renowned Yamada Nishiki and Toyo Nishiki rice varieties.

At Tanaka 1789, we believe that polishing rice at different levels brings out differing flavors and structure. That’s why we vary the degree of polishing rice to achieve different sake types (Junmai/Ginjo/Daiginjo).

One of the key factors for developing a premium sake with higher acidity, full-bodied umami and intense flavor. We substituted the common yellow koji to the white koji (usually used in making shochu).

Shubo (Yeast starter) is at the heart of our handcrafted products. At Tanaka 1789 X Chartier, we trust in time and in humans. We use only Kimoto or Yamahai (traditional) methods. We also use a higher percentage of koji rice (30% rather than 23%) to generate more structure, and higher umami content.

Yeasts provide the taste and aromatic components of a Nihonshu. We use 3 types of yeast: the classics # 7 and # 6 to give richness and nice length in the mouth. We also use Miyagi B3 yeast to highlight the identity of our prefecture: providing a long aftertaste.

Another key factor, as with any beverage involving fermentation is the temperature. Tanaka 1789 X Chartier uses high temperatures for full bodied sake (18-20°C).

We only pasteurize once at lower temperature (58°C). In this way, we assure the quality and stability of our product for travelling, and minimize any deviation of aromas.

This revolutionary new step was used by François Chartier, using his aromatic science and knowledge to blend the best with the best as is done with great wines, Champagne, whisky, sherry and port. We chose between 11 types of sake, each using a different rice, polishing ratios and koji, to result in uniquely individualized finished products. There is no recipe or formula; every year is different. Each vintage will determine the style.

Our products age for more than a year in tanks. Sake is a living product, and, after blending, Nihonshu (sake produced in JAPAN) needs rest in order to reveal all its complexity.

For the nine reasons listed above (and much more: tradition, experience, water, pressing, filtration) Tanaka 1789 X Chartier are sakes with long bottle-aging potential. Acidity, texture, umami: all will slowly continue to evolve into nutty and sotolon-subtle aromas.

ABOUT SAKE

WHAT IS SAKE?
Sake is a rice-fermented beverage; it is not distilled! Its elaboration process is closer to the one of wine/beer rather than whiskey or cognac.
WHAT ABOUT THE ALCOHOL?
Most types of sake contain between 14% and 18% alcohol by volume (wine averages 14% and vermouth 16%)
TEMPERATURE TO BE SERVED?
It depends of the style of sake and what you are looking for. At Tanaka 1789 X Chartier, we create sakes to be served like white wine: around 10°C.