Osamu Uchida Phéromone Rouge
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Osamu Uchida grew up in Hiroshima where his parents had a wine shop, fascinated with French culture and having a strong desire to work in wine he made the trip to France in 1999. After learning some basic French, he enrolled for a course on viticulture and oenology before travelling throughout the country, working stages and visiting as many as 300 domaines over ten years. In 2015, after months of research, he found his own tiny 0.6 hectare parcel of vines in the village of Cissac-Médoc, west of Pauillac and St Estèphe. Completely secluded, this is a stunning place which Osamu tends as if it was his back garden and where he practises agroforestry. Everything is done by hand with complete focus, precision and obsessive attention to details in typical Japanese fashion. He produces just 2,400 bottles in a good year.
The Phéremone Rouge is a 50-50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2020 vintage and Merlot from 2021 aged in 500 litre barrels. Light and ethereal with a combination of floral violet and blackcurrant aromas, graphite minerality and gentle spice.