2006 Chateau Pajzos Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos (500ml)

SKU #1074027 92 points Wine & Spirits

 Based on Furmint with the addition of 30 percent Hárslevelu and 10 percent Muscat, this is a spicy Tokaji Aszú. The ripeness of the fruit reads in the wine’s deep golden flavors, plump peach notes leading into more savory realms of saffron and dry honey. Those earthy characteristics are what stand out most, suggesting a pairing with a mushroom fricassee or a saffron-spiced chicken braise.  (6/2015)

9-90 points Wine Spectator

 Beeswax, honey, sun-baked straw and apple compote flavors make this complex, though the finish clams up a bit. Fresh and long. (BS)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

In 1991 the late Jean-Michael Arcaute and Jean-Louis Laborde led a group of wine lovers in the acquisition of Chateau Pajzos, long acknowledged as among the finest vineyards of Hungary. They carried out the first "private enterprise" harvest and vinification, thus launching the Renaissance of Tokaji. Today, Ch. Pajzos is under the sole ownership and direction of Jean-Louis Laborde, now assisted by his son Ronan in Bordeaux and their winemaking team in Hungary. Located in the heart of the Tokaji region on slopes surrounding the famous wine village of Sarospatak, Chateau Pajzos's volcanic soils, ideal altitude of 200 meters, and South/South-West orientation rate its vineyards amongst the finest in Tokaj. Also, the vineyards' location between the Bodrog and Tisza rivers make it ideal for attaining botrytis, indispensible for making the finest sweet Aszú wines.

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