Crown Estates of Hungary, formerly the Tokaji Kereskedóház Rt, is the only major wine company in the region in 100% Hungarian ownership. The company owns the unique Museum Cellar where spectacular wines from the very best vintages of the past 100 years are kept in ideal conditions. It owns 80 hectares of vineyard which include the former Royal Estate 'Great First Growth' Szarvas, Király in Mád, and Szentvér in Tolcsva, whose brown forest soils produce wines with high acid and extract which can be kept without deterioration for many years.
King of Wines, Wine of Kings - this is Tokaji Aszú, a rich, honeyed dessert wine balanced with refreshing acidity from the Tokaj-Hegyalia region, made using wine making techniques dating back to 1631. Aszú wines result when, aided by the very specific, humid, climatic conditions of thie region, botrytis concentrates the grape sugars in the hand-picked, raisin-like grapes - Aszú berries.
The 2013 is an excellent vintage for Tokaji after three difficult years.
The wine mostly contains Furmint and Hárslevelű, but has trace amounts of Zéta, Kabar, Kövérszőlő and Yellow Muscat aszú berries. The base wine is made 100% from Furmint. The producer added berries to the fermenting base wine and left them to soak for 24 hours. After pressing it was fermented in tanks. Barrel fermentation takes place in their Szegi cellar where they let the wine age in 136-500 liter barrels for at least 18 months.
Residual sugar = 178g/litre.
A wine with very complex, exquisite aromas it is composed of botrytis from the shrivelled aszú berries and features peach, orange peel, brittle, figs, exotic flowers with a touch of dill at the end. Sampling the wine it has a very clear fruity flavour with orange, quince, pear and apricot notes along with an appearance of white chocolate and vanilla essence. The acids keep the wine round and lengthy. The finish is of a lime-grapefruit aroma that lingers long in the mouth with a mature coffee aftertaste thanks to barrel-aging process. This is a truly fine Tokaj wine with great potential and a long phase of evolution ahead.
ABV = 10.0%.