Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

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  • Introduction

    • Mézes Mály Great First Growth Single Vineyard

      Mézes Mály (MAIZE-esh my) is arguably the world’s original “superstar”
      vineyard. The first classification of the already legendary vineyards of Tokaji took
      place in the 1730’s, the earliest of any wine region, and Mézes Mály was
      designated as a “Great First Growth” – one of only two vineyards with that
      classification. Royal Tokaji and Hugh Johnson jointly own this vineyard, which is
      the winery’s only vineyard with deep loess topsoil over volcanic bedrock. Vine
      age ranges from 20 to 60 years old.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Royal Tokaji’s parcels of Great 1st Growth Mézes Mály (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. 2017 was such a year, just the eighth this century, showing exceptional richness, structure and backbone balanced by lively acidity – a truly volcanic vintage.

      Summer was hot, so we began the aszú berry harvest in early September and continued to pick steadily through the ideal autumn weather. In particular, October provided three textbook weeks for fine quality aszú, with day after day of early morning mists, afternoon sunshine and drying winds. 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. The aszú wines show great structure, plenty of botrytis, depth and freshness with excellent complexity, all attributes of long ageing potential.

  • Vinification

    • Excellent quality aszú berries with good structure and perfect botrytis were macerated in fermenting must for two days. After pressing, fermentation finished in neutral Hungarian Zemplen oak barrels. The wines were then transferred into different casks for maturation over two years in Royal Tokaji’s 13th century cellars. The final blends were crafted in Spring 2020.

    • Bottled: June 2020
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Furmint, Hárslevelű
    • Alcohol: 11%
    • TA: 7.3 g/L
    • RS: 185 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Floral notes on the nose with scents of apricot and honey (Mézes Mály translates as “honey-place”). The palate shows typical elegance and depth with peach, pear and dried plum flavors leading to a long, delicate finish.

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Reviews

  • Royal Tokaji Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017 – Vinous – 95 Points

    Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, which comes from vines on loess soils, has a beautiful nose. Very pure but not intense, it offers scents of honeysuckle, clementine, lemon sherbet and a touch of black currant leaf, all showing wonderful definition. The palate is very well balanced and impressive weight, but like the nose, there is a subtlety, a lightness of touch from start to finish. Elegant and poised, this is a very classy effort from one of Tokaji’s most renowned sites and it will age with class.

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