Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2016

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Tokaji Vineyard Classification
      In the 1730’s, 28 villages and their vineyards in Tokaj became the first European vineyards to be classified. This classification remains in effect today and was verified by the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture in 2013.

      Betsek 1st growth single-vineyard
      Betsek hill is a celebrated First Growth vineyard located in the Mád basin. Its volcanic bedrock is overlaid with rich clay mixed with dark, almost black, humus soil and chalk-white minerals. Royal Tokaji owns 15 hectares of south-facing parcels planted with Furmint and Hárslevelű vines with an average age of around 35 years.

    • Vineyards: Royal Tokaji’s parcels of 1st Growth Betsek (100% Estate)
    • Appellation: Tokaj, Hungary
  • Vintage Report

    • In truly exceptional years Royal Tokaji selects the finest berries from its classed vineyards and carefully produces a few barrels of single vineyard aszú wine. 2016 is such a year, just the seventh this century, and the quality was so exceptional that we are releasing the widest range of aszú wines since 2008.

      After a mild and dry winter, we had a long spring with warm days and cool nights. The flowering season was unusually long and there was an uneven fruit set in many vineyards due to some late spring frosts. Throughout the summer, the weather was almost perfect. In July and August, the region was hit by hail, but there was no serious damage. From the middle of August, botrytis started to spread all over the region. We hand-harvested each intensely flavored aszú berry from the bunches on the vines. The aszú harvest required multiple passes through each block over many weeks!

  • Vinification

    • Excellent quality aszú berries with good structure and perfect botrytis were macerated in fermenting must for two days. After pressing and fermentation the wines were transferred into two 500-liter neutral Hungarian Zemplen oak casks for maturation over two years in Royal Tokaji’s 13th century cellars.

    • Bottled: May 2019
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Furmint, Hárslevelű
    • Cases Imported: 100
    • Alcohol: 10.5%
    • TA: 10.2 g/L
    • RS: 185.8 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • This wine is weighty and spicy, with a nose of appealing honey and apricot leading to a palate with hints of grapefruit, orange zest and white pepper, vibrant acidity and an extremely long finish.

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Reviews

  • Royal Tokaji Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2016 – Vinous – 96 Points

    The 2016 Betsek First Growth Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos contains the most residual sugar this vintage, at 185.8g/L. The clean, pure bouquet offers dried honey, a light adhesive note, lanolin and candle wax, very complex and mercurial in the glass. The elegant, well-balanced palate features apricot, quince, marmalade and a touch of ginger. What I adore is the manner in which this Betsek builds in the mouth and fans out like a great Tokaji ought to. Another outstanding single-vineyard offering from the Royal Tokaji Company.

  • Royal Tokaji Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2016 – Decanter – 93 Points

    From the dark clay and mineral-dominant single vineyard, Royal Tokaji presents a refreshing Aszú with a distinctive dusty, herbal spices and sour dough nose, which opens up to yellow apple, apricot, lemon fruits and bee wax complexity. While residual sugar sits at 185.8 g/l, the sharp acidity (10.2g/l) gives the Betsek a refreshing thrust. Crunchy green apples, citrus and lemon zest are dusted with peppery spices on the palate, fresh and inviting.

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