Tokaji Aszú is a dangerous potion. If you ever taste it, you will be enchanted. If you visit Hungary, especially Tokaj, and immerse deep in this magnificent wine, there is no escape. I know, I am a „Knight of Tokaj”, and I am serius about spreading the word. Just like Laurie MacKay from Canada or Fiona Beckett from the UK.
Laurie MacKay is a wine writer and also works for a radio channel. She participated in our Hungarianwine.eu study tour last August, and see what happened: now she is seeking the opportunity to promote Hungarian wines in Canada. Read her story here on Culinaire magazine. And Fiona Beckett, the guru of food and wine pairing? She came to Hungary a few years ago to VinCE Budapest Wine Show, of which I was chief organizer back then. She was delighted by the wines tasted in Hungary. Read her recent food recommendations for Aszú Day. And me? As I said, I am a „Knight of Tokaj”. Does it mean anything apart from the photos taken when I was wearing weird, ancient robe at the ceremony? Much more, indeed. I take every occasion to spread the words about these drops of God. And not only words, but wines when I can, and recommendations for example now. It is still time to grab a bottle of Tokaji Aszú so that you can celebrate the International Aszú Day properly on 10th December!
Béres Vineyard and Winery
The name Béres is familiar to every Hungarian – professzor Béres invented Béres drops, an immune protecting medication made of trace minerals. Many people use it every day, and with this history no wonder that Béres family founded a winery as well, in Tokaj, where Aszú wines contain almost as many trace minerals as Béres drops. Béres 5 puttonyos Tokaji Aszú 2011 is a bottle of miracle, too: „Golden colour, incredibly concentrated, intense bouquet. Giving it time, we can experience the different notes coming from the glass, one after the other: honey, spices and roastednuts. On the palate we can realize that – due the vintage – acids make it vibrant even tough it has a significant sugar content. We can detect the aromas resulted from maturation as well: date, candied citrus fruits, autumn leaves and spices fill the mouth. A wine for special occasions.”
Estate manager Péter Molnár not only believes in Tokaj wine region, but also does a lot to turn the wine region into an attractive place for travellers. Wine tourist experiments at Patricius are exemplary (we are posting a detailed article shortly), and their wines are fabulous. Culinary art is also focused at Patricius, just take a look at the photo. Patricius will celebrate its 20th birthday in 2020, it will be a perfect reason to visit them! Meanwhile taste their International Wine Challenge gold winner Patricius Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos 2008! „Nicest aromas of botrytized berries followed by enormous, high structure and full body. Long, smooth, endless taste and exceptional deepness of peach, apricot and fig character. Full of Tokaj.”
Thanks to the owner living in the USA, Sauska wines are widely available in tne world, which is good news: hilariouswines, outstanding quality regardless the style. Whether it is a full bodied red wine from their Villány estate or a delicious, dry Furmint from the Tokaj estate, you expect the best from Sauska. So you can when opening a bottle of Decanter Platinum awarded Sauska Tokaji Aszú 2013, you will experience this: “This wine is really is off the charts with its pulsating aromas and flavours! The beautiful nose has pronounced notes of tangerine and other citrus fruit that herald a wine crackling with energy. The palate is hugely sweet, silky and extremely concentrated with gorgeous notes of nuts, apples and dried apricots. Its prodigious spicy length and balance make it a hedonistic pleasure to drink right now.”