Domaine Kuheiji is a winery established in Burgundy, France by Kuheiji of Banjo Sake Brewery, a reputable brewery, and has been producing high quality Burgundy wines since 2016. The winery is located in Morey-Saint-Denis, which is one of the famous producing areas of Côte de Nuits. A brewery that makes Oriental sake in Japan went to France to establish a winery to make Western wines. It seemed a bit uneasy, but it was of great significance to Kuheiji. First of all, Kuheiji admires the terroir-oriented philosophy of Burgundy in France. The Domaine Kurodashō in Japan takes the Burgundy’s viticulture and winemaking approaches and applies to its own rice-growing and sake-brewing practices. Kuheiji believes that rice is significantly influenced by terroir just like grapes are, so they eagerly hope to learn more about the impact of the soil, microclimate, and planting methods and techniques on the crops (and later the alcoholic beverages) – and Burgundy is the best place to learn and to practise.
Domaine Kuheiji Pommard, on the lower ground the soil is ancient alluvium. Mid-slope, the clay-limestone soils are well drained thanks to the inclusion of rock debris. Higher still are Jurassic (Oxfordian) marls, brown calcic soils, and brown limestone soils. In places, the soil is reddened by the presence of iron. Exposure: south or east. Altitudes: 250 to 330 metres.
Its colour is deep, dark red with mauve highlights. Its aromas are redolent of blackberry, bilberry, or gooseberry, cherry pit and ripe plum. Often, wild and feline notes develop with age. At full maturity, it tends towards leather, chocolate and pepper. It needs to be given time to open up to its fullest extent and to display its mouth-filling texture, its firm but delicate structure, its fruit-filled mouth, and its chewy tannins, which by then will be properly smoothed down.