1995 The Royal Tokaji Wine Company Aszú Essencia 500ml

SKU #1056352

94 points Wine Spectator: "Thick and dense yet never heavy, with aromas that flit from floral and vegetal to caramel and smoke and back again. There's noticeable sweetness matched by a brisk acidity that need time to integrate. Fine, lingering finish. Seems monolithic today, so be patient. Best from 2003 through 2015." 100 cases imported. –BS (Oct 31, 2001) Aszu Essencia is a blend of Nyulaszo and St Tamas vineyards. By definition, Aszu Essencia has a residual sugar level of more than 180 grams per litre and is thus above a 6 puttonyos designation. Its characteristics are incredible sumptuousness and richness balanced with apple and quince acidity. Aszu Essencia is bottled in a hand crafted replica of an 18th century bottle.

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Hungary

- Better known for its paprika than its wine, Hungary is nonetheless one of Eastern Europe's most significant wine-producing countries. Exerjo, Furmint, Hárslevelü and Mezesfeher are just some of the indigenous (and unpronounceable!) varieties most widely planted. And Tokaji is Hungary's biggest success story. Made since the sixteenth century, Tokaji is an extremely sweet wine that was adored by the Russian Tsars. It is made in a manner similar to Sherry, and is reputed to be the longest lived, non-fortified wine in existence (a few hundred years is not unheard of). Hungary's continental climate--predictably cold winters and hot summers--makes it an ideal location for Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon as well. Click for a list of bestselling items from Hungary.