Tokaj white dessert wines are uniquely made from 100% Furmint grapes at the Tokaj-Hetszolo Estate, and are famed throughout the world. The incomparable richness of the Aszu nose comes from the Botrytris cinerea, which considerably increases the sugar content. These overripe grapes lose the water they contain and become dry, or aszu in Hungarian. Aszu grapes are thus harvested as late as possible, by hand, with each person picking 6-8 kilos per day. After one month’s fermentation in barrels, the wine is aged in oak cases for two years, followed by one year in bottles.
Mysterious Mount Tokaj...seen from above, it rises above the autumn mists, its slopes gleaming with golden grapevines, and its summit overlooking the vast Hungarian plain into the distant southern horizon. In fine weather, you can even see Slovakia and Ukraine. The undisputed king of Hungarian vineyards, Mount Tokaj is located to the North of the country, 200 km east of Budapest.
This legendary location produces exceptional wines, protected since 1772 by the first appellation of origin awarded in the entire world - 83 years before Bordeaux wines were officially classed.
There is a jewel in every crown. To the South side of Mount Tokaj, the Royal Imperial Estate of Tokaj-Hetszolo owns the most fertile land and the best vines, and since 1502 Nature has given more generously of its fruits here than anywhere else. No surprise, then, that it has attracted the attention of the greats of the wine world for over 5 centuries!
The creation of the Estate owes nothing to chance: the Garai family simply selected the best 7 parcels of the land in the region, hence the name - Het Szolo means ”7 parcels of vineyard” in Hungarian. There then followed a series of prestigious owners, including Gaspar Karoli, translator of the Bible into Hungarian, Gabor Bethlen, prince of Transylvania, then the Princes Rakoczi, a grand aristocratic family. The Habsburg royal family finally took possession of the vineyard and Tokaj-Hetszolo became an Imperial Estate in 1711. It was to remain the property of the Austro-Hungarian Crown against all odds for almost two centuries.
Following a turbulent 20th Century, the prestigious Tokaj-Hetszolo Estate became one of the Michel Reybier vineyards in 2009, joining Cos d’Estournel, Saint-Estephe Grand Cru classe, Chateau-Marbuzet and Goulee Medoc.
The vineyard’s noble history continues.
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