Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1996
First Growth, 6 Puttonyos
The methods and traditions of producing Aszú wines have changed little since the 17th century. Aszú berries are macerated with top-quality fully fermented dry white wines. Depending on the vintage, the resulting Aszú wines mature at different sweetness levels, although they generally stay within a range of four to six puttonyos (puttonyos are used as the measurement of sweetness of the final wine: on a scale of one to six, the more puttonyos, the sweeter, richer and rarer the Tokaji).
Carefully pruned vines in first and second growth vineyards, handpicked instead of machine-harvested grapes and barrel aging for a minimum of three years in 14th-century cellars ensures these rich, refreshing wines are always of the highest quality.
The largest of Royal Tokaji’s first growth vineyards, Betsek Vineyard is shaped like a half-moon and tilted northeast. The area where the vineyard is located is typically cold – lower portions of the vineyard have been known to actually freeze in the spring. The soil is dark humus mixed with volcanic clay, producing weighty, pungent wines with an earthy character.
- Varietal Composition: 50% Furmint with 45% Harslevelu and 5% Muscat
- Alcohol: 10%
- TA: 11g/L
- RS: 157g/L
Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1996 – 93 points – Wine Spectator
Coffee bean, caramel and orange peel aromas and flavors mark this concentrated, powerful dessert wine. Rich and balanced by vivid structure, it’s full-bodied and ends with a tactile impression and an aftertaste of orange.Drink now through 2018.