Tasting NotesSuddenly we switch to hardball. The '06 is a vintage that produced high acidity aszús ... It has loads of acids, but they are well contained. They are neither sharp, nor agressive, but simply ripe, they are just looming inside, flexing incredible muscles. The wine has depth, it is compact, it has a heavy, impenetratable core inside. Huge concentration, huge potential.
The colour is deep gold, the nose is loaded with ripe and overripe fruits of apple, apricots, and quince. It is intensive, and hits immediately on the nose ‚– the same applies to the palate ... The best wine of the day for me, with huge potential and a momentary score of 96-97 points.hungarianwines.wordpress.com, Tokaji vs. Sauternes Tasting 2011
"The only amber-colored wine among these younger 6 puttonyos offerings, and yet there is no evidence of oxidation on the nose. Instead, we get really decadent poached peach aromas, and a palate to match. While acidity is on the lowish side for Tokaji, there is a faint bitter-almond note that subtly boosts the freshness and prevents the whole from becoming syrupy. A lesson in sophisticated opulence. 17.5 points." Alex Hunt, The World Of Fine Wine Magazine, Issue 40 (2013)
Two centuries ago, Tokaji was the most celebrated wine of Europe. It was drunk by the Tsar of Russia and Louis XIV of France. Between 1733 and 1798, the Tsars maintained a garrison of Cossacks on the country roads of Tokaji-Hegyalja, the region of northeastern Hungary in order to protect the wines safely back to St Petersburg; later, the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef sent Tokaji wines to Queen Victoria annually on her birthday. The Szepsy family has been making Tokaji Aszú wines since 1600s. Today, István Szepsy is the most highly regarded winemaker in the Tokaj region. The concept is simple: to produce the best possible grapes without any compromise, which later results in spectacular wines. The vineyards have high altitude, being on steep slopes, their soil is very stoney. The average age of the vines are 38 years. As Tokaj aszú wine has been produced since 1500s, the history of the family cannot be separated from it. The younger generations are proud of their ancestors and do their best going increasingly toward perfection. - Importer Note
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