Katsuyama was founded in 1688 by the famed Samurai Leader and great tactician Date Masamune in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture. Masamune wanted a sake brewery that was the best in Japan, worthy of serving a Feudal Lord. Following Masamune's influence and three centuries of technique later, Katsuyama still makes some of Japan's greatest Sakes through a combination of tradition and technology. The base of this Sake starts the same as their crown jewel, the 'Akatsuki Diamond,' which goes for up to $500. Yamada Nishiki rice is polished down to 35% and fermented before filtering using a centrifuge, an expensive machine that results in the purest Sake imaginable. This has beautiful aromatics that flow between minerals and white flowers with orchard fruit and citrus zest and. The palate has an excellent balance between richness and acidity is light on its feet, showing on the drier side. There is also a savoriness here that mirrors the umami flavors of great Japanese cuisine. An excellent pairing with sushi, this a very special sake that gets a big recommendation from us.
Wine Advocate (Liwen Hao) 95 points! "A Chablis-styled sake but with Grand Cru quality, the NV Katsuyama Akatsuki Junmai Daiginjo has knock-out minerality that feels just like climbing a stony mountain. It has great complexity, providing scents of flint, earth, jam, citrus and peach. This sake is off-dry and perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, together with big structure and deep concentration. It has a prolonged meaty, spicy and mineral finish. A fabulous sake! Rice: Yamada Nishiki. Alcohol: 16%.