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Tokaj Classic Winery
Hungarian wines have been sung and written about for thousands of years, occupying a prominent position in music and literature. The Tokaji wines – famous for their flavor and longevity – were traditionally reputed to be amongst the very best of sweet wines in the world. Unfortunately, during the 20th century, the production of world class Tokay wines stagnated for almost 50 years. Hungarian wines faded into obscurity. In the early 90′s, a number of small, efficient wineries revived the traditional methods of wine-making. These wineries resumed the production of high caliber wines, reducing the volume and improving the quality.
The family owned and managed estate and vineyards of Tokaj Classic are predominatly in Mád, situated in the Tokaj-Hegyalja region noted for its unique climate and its soil. The ground is of volcanic origin (zeolite) and through its porosity contains a high percentage of minerals. Thus it is ideal as a moisture-rich soil. Bordered by the Carpathian mountain range, its climate is protected. A moist, warm autumn, and its special micro climate encourages the prolific growth of noble rot (Botrytis Cinerea). Beginning in mid-October and normally ending in November, the harvest can stretch in unusual years until January! Throughout the entire fermentation period, our 14 meter deep cellars maintain an even temperature between 11-12°C. The yield of high quality Tokaji Aszú, depending on the vintage, is 400-750 bottles of 0.5 liters per hectare. A miniscule amount by world production standards.
1999 Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos
"Exhibiting some mature notes of orange marmalade, beeswax and spice, with a vibrant structure keeping it focused and persistent. Though light-weight and harmonious, this is concentrated. Drink now through 2020. 1,200 cases made." –BS
94 Points - Wine Spectator
Gold Medal 2001 - International Wine & Spirit Challenge, England
2005 Tokaji Aszú 3 Puttonyos
"Cement, lees, eggy, apricot, baked pear, spicy aromas with a touch of lifted, volatile, burnt butter. Fresh, juicy, elegant, somewhat sweet entry with baked pear, butter, honey, lees, egg yolk, dried apricot, spicy, minty, grapefruit rind and cement flavours. Good finesse and balance with some fine concentration on the finish. This is a slightly oxidative style where the palate is much purer than the aromas would suggest. Will live for decades."
90 Points - Anthony Gismondi