2005 Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos
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"Dark russet orange in color. Very oldstyle now, with controlled oxidation as a complexing factor. Evidently ullaged, but it has its own charm: the mists rolling in off the hills, the leaves silently decomposing as winter draws on, the barrels being trundled around the cellars. And all of the above echoes through the palate, too. The oxidation adds a little bite of its own to the cleansing bite of the acidity, and there’s no doubt that wines made in this style have ample umami. The autumn apple fruits are resonant ..."
Andrew Jefford, The World Of Fine Wine Magazine, issue 40 (2013)
"From one of Tokaj’s finest vineyards, this rare and almost honeylike dessert wine – the “6 puttonyos” in the name refer to the number of measures of super-sweet botrytised grapes that are added – offers extremely long flavours of clementine, marmalade, apricot and chamomile, balanced with a sharp acidity."
Feargus O’Sullivan, Financial Times (17 Dec 2017)
MÉZES MÁLY ...
... near Tarcal is one of the two Great First Growths in Tokaj. In the text of the 1700 classification this vineyard stands out as the very finest - described as Pro Mensa Caesaris Primus Haberi - ‘to be the first choice at the Royal table’. 11 hectares of Mezes Maly are jointly owned by Royal Tokaji and Hugh Johnson. The French pioneering wine writer André Jullien (1766-1832), wrote in 1816 in his "Topographie de Tous Les Vignobles Connus" about this vineyard: "The wine of the cru of the mountain Mezes-Malé does not enter commerce; it is destined in its totality for the caves of the emperor and those of some magnates who posses some vineyards there.