Harvest Wine List
The wines listed here are chosen by Aya, our senior sommelier. We believe youfll find any of them to your liking. Obviously, higher-priced wines tend to taste better, but we selected wines that provide both quality and flavor for reasonable prices. Wefll be happy to find the right wine for your budget and your preferences. Half-bottles donft come in as many types, and are relatively expensive. If you donft finish a bottle, youfre welcome to take the rest home with you, so donft hesitate to order a full bottle.
Of course, you can also enjoy wine by the glass (starting at 400 yen per glass), although we canft offer quite as many different kinds.
We also have decanters available starting from 1,400 yen, which are the same varieties as wine available by the glass, at the half-bottle size.
In March 2013, Aya made a trip to France and stayed at the Chateau Gayon, whose wines she had admired and enjoyed for 20 years. She added a dry white wine from the Chateau, which she tried while there and liked very much, to the wine list at Harvest.
Some suppliers are able to provide wines at discounted prices, and we do our best to pass those discounts on to you.
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กFull bottle, redEEEFrance, Bordeaux^Bourgogne^Cote du Rhone
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กRed wines, Bordeaux, Grand Cru / second wines
Sparkling (fermented) wines
- Toso Asti Spumante (piccolo size 200 ml)
This is a slightly sweet sparkling wine that appeals to almost everyone. It comes in gpiccoloh size, which is a small size, so itfs perfect for a toast.
Val de Loir in France
This is a crisp dry wine with just a hint of tartness.
- Chateau des Eyssards Blanc
Bordeaux region of France
This is a serene wine with a fresh scent reminiscent of herbs. Itfs a white wine with substantial body.
- Cote du Rhone Rouge
Cote du Rhone region in France
This is a wine with a deep color and a feel of substance to it.
- Barrel-aged Chateau des Eyssards Rouge
Bordeaux region in France
This wine is matured in a barrel for 12 months, and features a smooth balance between the flavor of the barrel and a fruit flavor. It has a strong astringency and substantial body. Not many wines offering this kind of flavor are available in half-bottle sizes.
Full bottle, white
- Cedrus le Blanc
Cote de Goscogne
This is a refreshing dry wine with a crisp, invigorating taste.
Chablis area, Bourgogne region
This wine is deep yellow with a hint of green, and has an aroma reminiscent of lemon and grapefruit. The taste has a touch of minerals, which comes from the soil and is characteristic of Chablis wines. It goes well with fish. Only natural yeast is used for this wine, which gives it a definite personality of its own.
- Bourgogne Chardonnay
This is in the Bourgogne Chardonnay class, but it was made using grapes from vineyards in the Chablis region, which were acquired by Domaine de Vauraux, the owner, in 2001, for AOC Bourgogne. Itfs imported by the office of Shinya Tazaki.
- Chateau Gayon Bordeaux Blanc Sec
This chateau is owned by Jean Crampes, the friend of someone Aya met during her first tour of France in 1993. In March 2013, Aya visited and stayed at this chateau, and she was very impressed by the taste of this wine, which she encountered for the first time during that visit. Itfs a fresh, invigorating wine, with a perfect balance between acidity and sweetness, deepened by hints of nuts and buttered toast. Because itfs a fairly strong wine, it goes well with meat-based cuisine. The grapes are grown with low levels of pesticides. In September 2005, the grower acquired Terra Vitis, a certification for winemakers who emphasize particular care of the natural environment. The grapes are processed using traditional methods, and the wine is matured in oak barrels. It is also bottled at the site. Itfs imported by the office of Shinya Tazaki.
- Urziger Wurzgarten Qba
This wine has a very nice balance between sweetness and acidity, and is sure to be a favorite no matter what your preferences. In recent years it has been a little more towards the dry end, although not completely dry, and is highly acclaimed as a nice fit with any type of cuisine.
- Zabu Grillo
This wine uses grillo grapes native to Sicily. Itfs slightly fermented and has a delicate fragrance of flowers. A very nice wine that is especially recommended in summer.
- Andeluna Chardonnay
This wine uses grapes from vineyards at an altitude of 1,300 meters. This is a version that is produced primarily for domestic use in Argentina. Itfs a crisp wine and is matured in French oak barrels, with a characteristic rich vanilla fragrance. This white wine has substantial body, and is recommended for people who want a strong white wine.
Full bottle, red
- Chateau Tasta Cuvee Isabelle 2011
Fronsac area of Bordeaux region
This is a pleasant wine in the Merlot line that comes from an area west of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It has a moderate astringency and goes well with meat-based cuisine.
- Chateau de Brondeau 2008
This wine is produced using only Merlot grapes. It has a slight barrel aroma and a very pleasant flavor.
- Chateau Belair 2007
Graves area of Bordeaux region
This wine features a slight barrel fragrance and a nice balance of tannins. Itfs a mellow wine with a very pleasant taste, and is just the right age for enjoyment.
- Chateau Tour de Sarrail
These vineyards are located between Bordeaux and St. Emilion. The wine is produced as a cooperative venture between Bernard Pujol, owner of the renowned Chateau Pape Clement in the Graves region, and Hubert de Bouard, his friend and owner of the renowned Chateau Angelus in the St. Emilion area, who wanted to produce a high-quality wine at a reasonable price. This is a mellow, well-balanced wine suggestive of fruity flavors. Itfs imported by the office of Shinya Tazaki.
- Chateau Meyney 2006
Saint-Estephe, Haut Medoc area, Bordeaux region
This is a wine with a deep taste that could almost be taken for an officially classified wine. It offers a fine balance. On a personal note, when I was studying to take the sommelier examination, this was the wine that first taught me what gafterglowh and gresonanceh mean with respect to wine. This wine is at a good age for enjoyment.
- Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee Saint Vincent
This wine is produced from grapevines an average of 50 years old, from the vineyards of Pommard and Volnay. It has a deep color and a solid, stable taste.
- Bourgogne Rouge
This wine is produced from grapevines an average of 30 years old, from the vineyards of Nuits-Saint-Georges and Cote de Nuits-Villages. It has plenty of tannins and is a finely structured wine.
- Cote du Rhone Vieilles Vignes
Most wines from the Cote de Rhone region are a blend of various grapes, but this wine is made 100% from shiraz grapes from vines an average age of 60 or older. Itfs a full-bodied wine with a very deep color and flavor.
Red wines, Vin de Pays class in France
- Vin de Pays d'Oc Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine has a lovely garnet color and a spicy taste. It is matured in barrels, and has a lot of depth for this class of wine.
- Fantini Sangiovese Terre di Chieti
This is the most widely cultivated wine in Italy, and is made of Sangiovese grapes that are the same type used for Cabernets and Brunellos. It has a faint aroma of barrel, and a moderate, pleasing taste, along with a satisfying sense of volume.
- Casale Vecchio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Farnese
This wine is produced using only two clusters of grapes from each vine. It has a tightly compressed, extremely deep flavor.
- Hacienda Zorita
This wine is made 100% from Tempranillo grapes, and is matured in American oak and French oak barrels. It has a solid taste with a firm scent of barrel. Hacienda Zorita is the region where Columbus lived before setting out for America.
- Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva
Maipo Valley, Central Valley regionA
This wine has a deep, ruby red color and the fragrance of ripe berries and spices. It offers solid tannins and a strong aroma of barrel. This wine is recommended for people who like a strong, resonant taste to their wine.
- Espino Pinot Noir Reserva
Maipo Valley, Central Valley region
This wine is produced from grapes grown in limited volumes, using a traditional Bourgogne method. It is matured in barrels, and although it is a delicate, light wine, it has firm tannins, a pleasing acidity, and a full aroma. If you like Bourgogne wine but hesitate over the price, I urge you to give this one a try.
With the prices of Bordeaux wines skyrocketing recently, itfs become harder to get a hold of officially classified wines. Instead, however, second wines, which havenft been well-known to date in Japan, are beginning to emerge. Second wines and second labels are wines that are produced from young grapes, and wines that are judged to be not quite the same quality of first wines in the cuve process. In general, they tend to have a lighter finish than officially classified wines, and they can be enjoyed at a younger age than first wines. Because they are produced in smaller quantities, we apologize if we donft always have the wine that you would like available.
- La Chapelle de Calon 2011
Official classification Grade 3: This is a second wine produced by Chateau Calon Segur, with its well-known heart design on the label. Itfs at just the right age for drinking, and at this price, you wonft find anything better.
- Haut Medoc de Giscours 2010
Grade 3: This is a second wine produced by Chateau Giscours.
@The above are my own descriptions of the wines that we currently have in stock at Harvest. I highly recommend any of them for both their quality and price.
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