1993 Château Pajzos Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos (500ml)

SKU #1048102 90 points Wine Spectator

 This honeyed, late-harvest white offers a lush, pillowy texture and rich flavors of dried apricots, toffee and vanilla. It's very sweet, yet quite fresh and still lively. Delicious now, it should age easily until 2020.  (12/1997)

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2009 | Send Email
I love Tokaji Aszu. It is one of my favorite dessert wines and, in general, offers great value for the price by comparison to other top dessert-style wines like Sauternes. This bottling from Chateau Pajzos is full-bodied and concentrated, and though very high in residual sugar, is perceptibly less sweet due to remarkably high acidity - it finishes fresh. Glazed peach and honey overflow from the nose, conterbalanced by lovely earthy nuances. Serve chilled and sip slowly.

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