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Chateau Pajzos – Tokaj Aszu 6 Puttonyos 2016 – 500ml

R895

A rich, concentrated and enticingly complex Tokaj

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Critics Top Rating

93 points

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White Wine, Sweet Wine

Vintage

2016

Wine Group

Boutique

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Casual Entertainment, Formal Entertainment

Wine Region

Hungary

Story

Story

TOKAJ – Tokaj and its wines are memorialized in the Hungarian national anthem. The Hungarians thank God for “dripping sweet nectar into the vineyards of Tokaj.” So, the Tokaj vineyards are truly legendary.

Chateau Pajzos is among the oldest and most respected wine producers in this storied region. In fact, it is one of the very few estates given the GRAND CRU classification. It has about 75 hectares in Tokaj. Chateau Pajzos is owned by a French company in Pomerol. Through my French connections, I have access to these wonderful dessert wines.

The wines are mostly made from Furmint and Harslevelu grapes with a bit of Muscat Blanc, too. Lots of clay in the soil helps it to retain moisture. Combined with the sunshine, these grapes become overripe and contract the benevolent and desired Botrytis fungus (nobel rot). This dehydrates the grapes and leads to highly concentrated sugar levels in each dried berry (aszu). The flavors become luscious and sublime.

Chateau Pajzos expertly marries traditional winemaking methods with modern techniques to fully take advantage of these legendary vineyards. These wines have been called the “nectar of the gods” as well as the “wine of kings”. They are undoubtedly some of the finest dessert wines on the planet.

The estate is located in the heart of the Tokaji region, on slopes surrounding the famous wine village of Sárospatak. It was long acknowledged for having one of the finest vineyards of the region. Its volcanic, rocky soils ensure that the native varieties – Furmint, Muscat, Hárslevelu and Zéta – are both rich in natural acidity and concentration and the location between the Bodrog and Tisza rivers makes it ideal for attaining noble rot, indispensable for producing the sweet Aszú wines.

The property is managed by Ronan Laborde and his winemaking team. In recent years, they optimized the vineyard to enhance the development of botrytis, essential for Aszú wines. They changed their pruning method to single guyot in order to reduce yields and advance ripening. Depending on the moisture content of the soil, it is either ploughed or left un-tilled; nets are placed in the fall over the botrytis-affected grapes to prevent them from being eaten by animals.

Specifications

Specifications

Type: Sweet
Country: Hungary
Region: Tokaji
Grape Variety: Harslevelu, Furmint, Sargamuskotaly, Zeta, Koverszolo
Alcohol Percentage: 11.5%

Residual Sugar: 157.8g / L
Viticulture: Vegan Friendly

500 mL

Climate: The region lies in the middle of Europe, at the northern limits of viticulture with late springs, very hot summers and cold winters. In the autumn it is pleasantly warm during the day, but it can be very cold and misty at nights, making the perfect conditions for the development of Botrytis

Terroir: On this south / southwest-facing land with excellent attributes, brown earth with clay strips mixes with andesite tuff. The ground has excellent heat-retaining properties so grapes ripen beautifully and become supreme aszú berries. This last feature is thanks to the microclimate and Zsadány stream bordering the south of the area which provides the humidity necessary for the development of the Botrytis

Ageing: Aged for 3 years in 220l Szerednyei oak barrels from the Zemplén hills

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Color: Deep gold
Nose: Clean and bright with aromas of honey, apricot, tropical fruits
Palate: Rich and concentrated with notes of peach, white apricot and melon. Relatively high acidity balanced with the residual sugar content. Long finish with fantastic ageing potential

 

 

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Wine Spectator – 93 points

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