The First Franco-Japanese Sake Made by a Chef de Cave from the Champagne Region
NEW YORK, September 19, 2019 – HEAVENSAKE, created by acclaimed French cellar master, Régis Camus, in collaboration with Japan’s most respected sake breweries, announces a new distribution relationship with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of New York and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada. HEAVENSAKE Junmai Daiginjo, Junmai Ginjo, and Junmai 12, will be exclusively distributed by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in Nevada and through the Company’s fine wine division, Lauber Imports, in New York (both beginning October 2019).
HEAVENSAKE is the first Franco-Japanese sake made by a Chef de Cave from the Champagne region, and Camus is an eight-time winner of the International Wine Challenge for Best Sparkling Winemaker of the Year. While sakes are traditionally made in batches, Camus’s vision was to bring the art of blending to the sake world. Working in tandem with the Tojis (sake brewmasters), he created three expressions that meet the highest standards of balance, purity, and refinement to reflect the meaning of Junmai, which translates to pure.
Designed for the western palate and cuisine, HEAVENSAKE’s unique blends are all natural, created with no distilled alcohol or added sugar, sulphite-, gluten-, and additive-free, and are three times less acidic than wine. HEAVENSAKE Junmai Daiginjo (16% ABV; $95 SRP) is produced in collaboration with Dassai brewery; HEAVENSAKE Junmai Ginjo (15% ABV; $45 SRP) is produced in collaboration with Urakasumi brewery; and HEAVENSAKE Junmai 12 (12% ABV; $28 SRP) is produced in collaboration with Konishi Brewery.
“Introduced in New York in 2017, the brand has successfully completed its proof of concept and is now ready to accelerate commercially,” says Laurent Cutier, CEO of HEAVENSAKE. “Our ambition is to expand beyond Asian Fusion and Japanese accounts, to hotel bars and lounges ultimately transcending the sake category. Aligning with world-class distributors such as Lauber in New York and SGWS in Nevada will be pivotal in the growth of HEAVENSAKE.”
“Seeing the brand grow from its first case sold, to this partnership, is a true testament of HEAVENSAKE’s potential,” says Nes Rueda, managing director, who launched the brand in 2017. “Proudly, you can find HEAVENSAKE at Michelin-starred restaurants Sushi Nakazawa and NODA, in addition to TAO, CATCH, Kappo Masa, LURE Fishbar, Hakkasan and the Lobster Club, among many others, as well as fine retailers, such as Bowery and Vine, K&L, Wally’s, Empire State of Wine to name a few.”
For more information on HEAVENSAKE, visit www.heavensake.com and follow the brand on Instagram @heavensake.
HEAVENSAKE is a composition by acclaimed French cellar master, Régis Camus, in collaboration with Japan’s most respected sake breweries. It is the first Franco-Japanese sake collaboration. Régis Camus and the respective Tojis (sake brewing- masters) work in tandem to create the unique HEAVENSAKE blends: Junmai 12 with Konishi Brewery; Junmai Ginjo with Urakasumi, and Junmai Daiginjo with Dassai. Their common dedication to excellence set the grounds for the creation of the first Franco-Japanese sake, meeting the highest standards of balance, purity and refinement. HEAVENSAKE is owned by HEAVEN DISTRIBUTION AG located Höhenweg 1 St. Gallen 9000 Switzerland and represented by HEAVENSAKE in North America located at Spring Place, New York City. For more information on HEAVENSAKE, visit www.heavensake.com and follow the brand on Instagram @heavensake.
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