Tanaka 1789 x Chartier Sake Blend 001

by forceMAJEURE Design

Founded in Miyagi, Japan in 1789 – the Tanaka Shuzo Sake Brewery celebrated in 2019 its 230th anniversary of crafting the world’s finest Sake. With more than two centuries of expertise, Tanaka has been producing award- winning sakes, hand crafted using ancestral and natural methods, with the highest quality ingredients.

For the first time in the history of sake in Japan, Francois Chartier, world famous sommelier and consultant for some of the greatest chefs in the world, has developed blends of sake inspired by both his aromatic science, as well as the elegance, freshness and vivid acidity of the best white wines of the world, like ones from Burgundy and Loire Valley.

To achieve this incredible first blend, Chartier has worked with Tanaka’s toji, Morikawa san, a young and inspiring new generation sake maker, to craft an innovative blend--multiplying, augmenting, and truly magnifying the aromatic synergy between the different sake cuvées.

The Tanaka 1789 X Chartier Sake Blend 001, 2018 Vintage, is a kimoto tokubetsu junmai nama-zume blended sake.

forceMAJEURE worked closely with Chartier to craft a unique design for this innovative series of blends. Inspired by the distinctive architecture of the Tanaka Brewery, the black on black grid pattern in the background of the label reminds of the beautiful brewery walls, embodiment of the unique characteristics of the Edo period’s Kura architecture. Printed as varnishes around the bottle, the grid pattern is sequenced to create a series of hexagons, a key symbol of Chartier’s aromatic science and expertise.

Built around the re-interpretation of tradition, the design successfully balances the rich history of Tanaka, with Chartier’s unique take on innovation. The smooth, matte black bottle works together with the minimalist white graphics, for a sleek and sophisticated look & feel. The brand mark is also built around the powerful synergy...


Silver in Alcoholic Beverages - Other 2021

Bronze in Branding 2021

Created by:

Lead Designer

Michelle Mak, Creative Director

Design Company

forceMAJEURE Design

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Francois Chartier

Design Team

Kei Hayashi, Senior Designer Michelle Mak, Creative Director


Individual Credits

Senior Designer: Kei Hayashi