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Osamu Uchida - Phéromone Rouge NV

Osamu Uchida - Phéromone Rouge NV

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Born in Hiroshima Japan in 1977, Osamu Uchida grew up with parents who owned a wine shop and a rice-farmer grandfather.  The family heritage as farmers and wine merchants inspired Osamu's passion for France and its vineyards.  His dream of making wine led Osamu to move to France in 1999 to study viticulture and oenology in Bordeaux. 

His home located in Pauillac is about 100 yards from Mouton-Rothschild.  When you enter; there is a Japanese heritage present.  The crest of his family is at the entrance, there is a beautiful mini orchard with a diversity of plants, trees, flowers, horsetail, tomatoes and fresh herbs. There is a wooden tank to collect rain water to prepare biodynamic tisane or dynamization. Two chickens called Grasse and Grise (Big & Grey) run about. Inside one of his huts, two barrels of homemade soy sauce is fermenting.

Inside the garage is a petite cellar.  When the grapes arrive they are all de-stemmed by hand and delicately brought to a large wooden tank where the berries will macerate for 2 weeks at cool temperature. They are pressed and part of the juice will ferment and age for one year in terracotta and 500L used oak barrels. There is no filtration or fining. Finally, the vinification is carried out with wild yeasts and the wine is sulfured at a minimum level before bottling. The wines of Osamu are all about finesse, elegance and drinkability.

Bordeaux is changing and the quality is rising. Among a few adventurous winemakers, Osamu Uchida's  approach and unique wine makes Osamu one of the new, exciting faces of the region. 

It is distinctly Bordeaux with flavors of cassis, pencil lead, charcoal…. it is so unique with the energy it exerts, Bordeaux but with Lightness and Verve, and certainly ready to drink now! The fruit is so pure. This cuvee is 50% Cabernet from 2020, 40 y.o. vines, aged in neutral barrel for a year and then Merlot from 2021 (making the wine NV), from 15 y.o. vines, goes through Malo and then is added to the Cabernet, they commingle for 6 mos and then 6 mos in bottle.

Type: Red
Producer: Osamu Uchida
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Farming: Organic conversion, Biodynamic

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