1991 The Royal Tokaji Wine Company Birsalmás 5 puttonyos

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According to the Wine Spectator: "A nice marriage of spice and dried fruit flavors give depth. Shows good concentration, and tastes of raisins, dried apricots and honey..." (08/96) (Pronounced Beer-shäwl-määsh) The Birsalmás vineyard, which is situated on an East facing slope up and above the Royal Tokaji cellars in Mád, is tiny. It is in the “suburbs” of the town, and because of the relative beauty of the spot, it has become “smart” to build there. The Royal Tokaji parcel is only about 0.4 Ha and is surrounded by two similar sized parcels. About four more hectares are planted, and most of these are now part of a garden. Most of the grapes have to be bought from the garden owners and neighbours! Birsalmás, which means quince in Hungarian, is a 2nd Growth in the 1700 classification and it lives up to its name very well.

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- 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.