From one of the greatest vintages of the 20th century, and from one of the greatest vineyards of Tokaj: Szarvas, the legendary „Cru Exceptionnel“, formerly owned by the Imperial Court of Austria.
|Producer: MONIMPEX / CROWN ESTATES OF HUNGARY
Alcoholic Content: 13,3 % vol
Residual Sugar Content: 183,7 g/l
Sugarfree Extracts: 61,6 g/l
Acidity: 7,3 g/l
Bottle Size: 0,5 l
VinAgora, Budapest 1998
IWC Ljubljana, 1997
Poznań International Fair, 1994
International Wine Challenge, Bordeaux 1985
IWC Bulgaria, 1984
National Wine Competition, Budapest 1983 & 1984
„1999: 19 Points. Palate: Complex, good acidity, bitter caramel, tobacco tin and sultanas ...
2005: 20 Points. Palate: ... powerful opulent and wonderful wine.“
Sigi Hiss, wine writer, tokaji.ch
„I brought this bottle to a tasting where it was tasted beside of Ch Climens and Ch Lafaurie-Peyraguey. The Tokay showed a very good balance, intense flavors of nuts and a delicate sweetness. For me it was more elegant than the Sauternes wines in this flight. The last 15% of the bottle was kept and tasted 4 days later. It showed excellent condition. Even if the wine was very good now, it will last for several decades more. 94 points.“
„Borkombinat was the large state owned cooperative during the communist era which I believe later changed their name to Kereskedöház and has now been reorganized into Crown Estates. Matched with dessert of white and dark chocolate mousse with a raspberry sauce. This was a dark burnt orange/brown color. On the nose it had a hint of balsamic. Wonderful fruit still present in this wine. Notes of blackberry, orange peel and plum brandy. Almost portlike in character. This wine was primarily characterized by very lively acidity which held everything together. Full bodied. A great experience.“
Szarvas near Tarcal is one of the two Great 1st growths in the Tokaj winegrowing region and has been the most important property of the Rákoczis, until it was confiscated in 1714 on behalf of the Hapsburg Emperor Joseph I. During the 1800s, Szarvas became identified with the expression „Imperial Tokay“. Between the World Wars Szarvas was cultivated under the direction of The Royal Family Vineyard Administration. After 1950, Szarvas was directly under the supervision of the Viti-Vinicultural Research Institute in Tarcal, for which reason it became prime source for the Aszú Eszencia wines of the communist era. This vineyard was not for sale during the privatization process after the 1989 change, and remained property of Crown Estates of Hungary, which was formerly the State Winery.
A beautiful Essencia from the outstanding Danczka vineyard. Behind the beauty of this Essencia lies a powerful golden goddess, whose soul and magic is contained within the orange blossom honey nectar.
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„Listen then, your grace; his majesty the King of Sweden -
I beg pardon, the Count Haga
I should have said - drinks nothing but tokay.” - „Well, am I so poor as to have no tokay in my cellar? If so, I must dismiss my butler.”
from „The Queen's Necklace”