French Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse has collaborated with Japanese sake brand Shichiken to create a sparkling sake.
The sake marries Ducasse’s Mediterranean inspiration together with the pure waters of Yamanashi Prefecture, to produce Alain Ducasse Sparkling Sake, a new-world sake. "A bouquet of white cherries emanates from the juicy burst of the bubbles, bringing sweet and slightly bitter waves from maturation in barrels, and leading to a calm and pleasant finish,” says Shichiken's website.
With flavour direction by Gérard Margeon, chef sommelier at Ducasse Paris, the sparkling sake was created by the senior managing director and master brewer of Yamanashi Meijo. It adapts Kijoshu sake, in combination with the same secondary in-bottle fermentation process as champagne, and is a very rare sparkling sake that is matured in cherry barrels.
The new drink positions itself as a high-end collaboration of excellence, uniting two distinct but eminent traditions from France and Japan to form a new and innovative sparkling sake.
Alain Ducasse Sparkling Sake is now being served at the chef’s restaurants around the world, including his two-Michelin-starred Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo (Ginza), and is available for purchase on the Shichiken site.