Liquor store Le Poulain opens in Kagoshima – Offering 150 types of wine, sake, shochu

PUBLISHED Aug 7, 2023

Exterior view of Le Poulain

It has been a month since the liquor store Le Poulain, primarily focusing on wine, opened near Kagoshima University Faculty of Fisheries.

Yusuke Yotsumoto, who has worked in a French restaurant and liquor store, opened the store on July 6. Having studied wine during his time at the French restaurant and observed its popularity at the liquor store he worked in, he places a strong emphasis on offering a diverse selection of wine.

The store occupies a space of approximately 50 square meters. As Yotsumoto wanted to incorporate wood into the interior design, he decided to utilize the material for shelves and display boxes. The large wall-sized shelf, a prominent feature, was crafted by Kagoshima-based woodworker Akihiro Woodworks in Chuzancho. The store also features a tasting counter with two seats.

The wine selection consists of 150 types from seven countries, including France and Italy. Yotsumoto personally attends tasting events to sample and procure wines to ensure their quality. He also offers a relatively affordable range of wine, priced at 1,000 to 2,000 yen, aiming to cater to a broad range of customers. In addition to wine, the store also offers whiskey, Japanese sake, shochu, and cheese.

Yotsumoto explains, “I have curated a selection that is approachable even for those who are not well-acquainted with wine or are trying them for the first time. I can guide customers based on their preferences, so feel free to ask.”

Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. There is parking available for up to four vehicles.

  • Counter with two seats at Le Poulain

  • Wall-sized shelf of Le Poulain

  • Inside Le Poulain

  • The owner Yotsumoto