Patricius Pezsgö Brut

SKU #1270745

A blend of Furmint, Hárslevelû and Yellow Muscat, made in the traditional Champagne method. Neal Martin writes in the Wine Advocate on his visit to the estate: "I visited Patricius Winery just as the sun came out from behind the clouds, the tasting room lit up with its vista over the never-ending Great Plain. Here I met with general manager Peter Molnar and proprietor Katinka Kekessy. There was a Germanic aristocratic air about Katinka, so it was unsurprising when she revealed that her ancestors owned important vineyards in the region during the 17th and 18th century. The family's holdings were confiscated when the country fell under communism in the 1940s, and her father fled to Switzerland in 1956. His daughter Katinka studied medicine before answering the call of Tokaji and dutifully acquired 0.5 hectares of vineyard in 1997. They now cultivate a total of 85 hectares over seven terroirs. 'I want to try to connect to the roots of Tokaji,' she told me. 'We want there to be a re-establishment of traditional viticultural traditions. All the information (on how to make wine) is here in Tokaji and that is what we are working for in the future.' There is certainly a concerted effort for quality at Patricius... there is still much pleasure to be found in their wines, which are made in an intentionally less oxidative style." (12/2013)

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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.