Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2008

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  • Introduction

    • Single-Vineyard
      Great First Growth, 6 Puttonyos

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Royal Tokaji owns more than half of Mézes Mály (MEES-zesh my), one of only two vineyards in all of Tokaj to be named as a great first growth in the classification of 1700. It has since been referred to as “pro mensa caesaris primus haberi,” or “to be the first choice at the royal table” — an honorable distinction likened to Château d’Yquem’s status in Bordeaux. Located on a south-facing slope, “Mézes Mály,” or “honeycomb,” is Royal Tokaji’s only vineyard with loess topsoil, providing the wines with honey and floral characteristics. These wines are softer than other Royal Tokaji wines grown in vineyards with volcanic-clay topsoil.

    • Appellation: Tokaj
    • Vine Age: Planted 1984
  • Vintage Report

    • 2007 started dry and mild with no frost. Spring continued to be dry and warm until the end of May, when there was plenty of rain. Flowering took place slowly in June amid cold, wet conditions; however, summer followed hot and dry with hardly any rain in August. Véraison was early, and subsequently an early harvest was expected, but because September was rainy, the sugar levels hardly increased in the first three weeks. Autumn was rainy and cold, with windy periods that would allow the berries to dry and sugar levels to rise. The aszú berries that were harvested early were of good quality, but berries harvested later were of extremely high quality because the alternating days of rain and dry wind resulting in desirable botrytis.

  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 30 months in old Hungarian oak from the Zemplen forest (mostly 500-liter/132-gallon barrels with some 350-liter/92-gallon barrels). When new, the barrels were used to age the Royal Tokaji Furmint.
    • Bottled: July 7, 2010
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Furmint, Hárslevelü, Muscat
    • Production (in cases): 425 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/500ml
    • Alcohol: 10.5%
    • TA: 8.2g/L
    • RS: 221g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The nose displays peppermint, quince, peach and honey, while the palate boasts balanced honey, peach and floral flavors. What nice acidity, how fresh! This full-bodied wine has a long finish tasting of quince. Nothing compares.

    • Serving Suggestions: Royal Tokaji’s Aszú wines are wonderful on their own as an apéritif or digestif, with cigars and petits fours. Given their bright acidity, these wines also pair well with a wide variety of foods, including foie gras, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts and a variety of cheeses. Serve slightly chilled at 12 to 15 degrees Celsius (54 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit) in a small port glass or a glass of similar size.

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Reviews

  • Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2008 – Vinous – 93 Points

    The 2008 Tokaji Mézes Mály 6-Puttonyos has a seductive nose of unadulterated orange zest, mango and passion fruit aromas that display exquisite delineation. The viscous palate offers impressive balance and wonderful purity, and the judicious oxidative edge on the finish takes it up another level. Impressive.

  • Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2008 – The SOMM Journal

    "Pronounced meshes my, and meaning 'honey pot,' Mézes Mály is the name of one of the 'Great First Growths' in Tokaji. An exquisite drinking experience, the wine is like ethereal droplets of sensation taking over your mind as well as your palate."

  • Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2008 – 97 points – KarenMacNeil.com

    "Pronounced 'meshes my,' and meaning 'honey pot,' Mézes Mály is the name of one of the 'Great First Growths' in Tokaji. An exquisite drinking experience, the wine is like ethereal droplets of sensation taking over your mind as well as your palate."

  • Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2008

    The nose displays peppermint, quince, peach and honey, while the palate boasts balanced honey, peach and floral flavors. What nice acidity, how fresh! This full-bodied wine has a long finish tasting of quince. Nothing compares.

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