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Royal Tokaji
Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

Wine Enthusiast
97 points

This amber-colored Tokaj Aszú is made from grapes from the Betsek vineyard. It has heady aromas of intense apricot, acacia and Bartlett pear. There is elegant sweetness and flavors of apricot and canned peach. It is nicely balanced in sweetness and acidity.

Jeff Jenssen
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Royal Tokaji
Szt. Tamás, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

Wine Enthusiast
99 points

This wine comes from one of Tokaji's most famous vineyards. It is light amber in color with heady aromas of honeysuckle, freesia, beeswax and honey. It has pleasant heft on the palate and there are intense flavors of tinned peach, clover honey and apricot conserves. It is a well-made and well-balanced wine that ends on a sweet note and makes you want to go in for another and another, sip.

Jeff Jenssen
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Royal Tokaji
Nyulászó, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

Decanter
94 Points

Ginger spiced fresh apricot, orange blossom, marmalade and a hint of flint on the nose. White pepper-dusted apricot and ripe persimmon, with crystallized ginger spiciness and raisin, dried apricot complexity follow through. With the highest residual sugar level among all six 2017 Aszú releases of Royal Tokaji, Nyulászó maintained a well-lifted body, thanks to its solid varietal acidity and more layered flavour profile. Honey-glazed grapefruit gives it a moreish finish.

Sylvia Wu, October 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

Decanter
93 Points

“The Mézes Mály ('honey pot') 'Great 1st Growth' with its loess soils presents the most distinctive nose among the six 2017 Royal Tokaji Aszús; bruised pineapple, sour citrus, crushed stone and a hint of raspberry candy over an undertone of mango and apricot. An earthy palate of ginger, acacia honey and warming yellow fruits, balanced by chalky acids and citrus peel bitterness, which follows to the finish. Salivating and morish.

Sylvia Wu, October 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Szt. Tamás, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

Decanter
93 Points

The Szt.Tamás Aszú has a lifted nose of apricot jam, bruised apple and a hint of fresh sourdough. Spiced and honeyed on the palate with ginger and white pepper, grapefruit peel bitterness, marmalade and dried apricot. The acidity is more mellow than the Gold Label, although it still provide an excellent backbone. Ginger and dried fruit notes linger on.

Sylvia Wu, October 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

Decanter
92 Points

“The Betsek site is rich in clay, dark humus soils and chalk-white mineral. Jasmine and freshly-cut ginger open up to marmalade, honeyed yellow fruits, with a touch of beeswax. Ginger and tangerine peel bitterness provide an extra dimension to the rich core of apricot and marmalade, lifted by mineral acidity. The finish is pure, honeyed and long.

Sylvia Wu, October 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

Vinous
96 Poin

This has a very harmonious, Sauternes-like bouquet with orange blossom and wild peach aromas percolating through with time. The palate is poised and focused, delivering vibrant energy a touch of spiciness on the back palate and outstanding length.

Neal Martin, September 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Szt. Tamás, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

Vinous
95 Points

This is more backward compared to Mézes Mály, and very much more citrus driven, featuring lemon peel, orange zest and crushed stone aromas; the Aszú element is more discreet. The finish, vibrant palate is more balanced and harmonious, offering a fine bead of acidity and candied orange peel toward the finish. Edgier than Royal Tokaji’s other 2017s, and perhaps spicier on the finish, this will be fascinating to observe mature in bottle.

Neal Martin, September 2021
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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.

Neal Martin, September 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Nyulászó, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

Vinous
94 Points

This has a lighter and perhaps less complex bouquet compared to Royal Tokaji’s other cuvées, though it develops nicely in the glass to reveal lemon verbena, dried mango and wild peachy scents. The palate is much more open, its impressive weight and concentration effortlessly counterbalanced by a fine line of acidity. This is very harmonious and poised, and almost Sauternes-like toward the finish.

Neal Martin, September 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2016

Wine Enthusiast
97 Points

This Tokaji Aszu is golden in color, with ethereal aromas of honeysuckle, acacia, fresh peach and canned apricots. Flavors come to life in the mouth, with honeycomb, pear and canned apricot. Well-balanced acidity is an excellent foil for the delightful sweetness.

Jeff Jenssen, August 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2016

Wine Enthusiast
97 Points

Aromas of white freesia, lanolin, honeysuckle and beeswax prepares the palate for flavors of apricot, orange zest and white-peach juice. Made from grapes grown on the Mézes Mály single vineyard, this has heft on the palate and pleasant mouthfeel. The finish offers fruit sweetness with balanced acidity.

Jeff Jenssen, August 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Nyulászó, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
97 Points

Aromas of white flowers, jasmine and orange zest lead the way for flavors of apricot conserves, orange pith and white-peach juice on the palate. This delightful single-vineyard wine from the Nyulaszo vineyard offers a delicate balance of sweetness and acidity, with a persistent finish.

Jeff Jenssen, August 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Red Label, 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
96 Points

Gold reflections glimmer in this amber-colored sweet wine that has aromas of apricot, yellow peach and Bartlett pear. The palate shows flavors of acacia honey, canned apricot, and Anjou pear. The finish has enough acidity to stand up to the sweetness.

Jeff Jenssen, August 2021
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Royal Tokaji
Furmint, The Oddity, Tokaj — 2018

Decanter
93 Points

Lively nose of peaches, zesty lemon and orange spice. Bright with a clear tension on the palate, well-concentrated fruit.

Decanter Wine Awards 2020, 2020
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Royal Tokaji
Vineyard Selection Dry Furmint, Tokaj – 2017

Wine Enthusiast
91 Points

This white carries aromas of flint, yellow peach and apple blossom. It is big in feel, with flavors of apricot, flint and citrus zest. The finish is smooth yet lifted in acidity.

Jeff Jenssen, September 2020
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Royal Tokaji
Late Harvest, Tokaj – 2017

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

This late-harvest wine carries aromas of pear and acacia flower, with flavors of Bartlett pear, apricot and dried rosemary. It has nice weight on the midpalate and the finish is pleasantly sweet without being too cloying.

Jeff Jenssen, September 2020
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Royal Tokaji
Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2016

Wine & Spirits
97 Points

The 2016 vintage is the first since 2008 in which Royal Tokaji has released the full range of its aszú wines, including single-vineyard bottlings from its top parcels. The season's warm, humid summer allowed for ample botrytis to develop on the grapes the Royal Tokaji team then made multiple passes through the vineyards over the course of several weeks, picking the fruit a berry at a time to ensure only healthy botrytis. This bottling comes from one of the region's most hallowed vineyards, where the volcanic subsoil is covered with a deep layer of loess. the wine is as complex...

Tara Q. Thomas, December 2020
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Royal Tokaji
Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2016

Wine & Spirits
95 Points

Royal Tokaji's portion of the crescent-shaped Betsek vineyard is toward the bottom of the slope, where cool air collects and the rich clay soil holds that chill. Perhaps you can taste the contrast of rich and cool in this 2016, the wine filled with creamy apricot-and-peach density of flavor, yet lifted by brisk spice, citrus and floral notes. It feels vivacious and pretty, carrying itself with an ease that belies its sweetness (it's richest of Royal Tokaji's 2016 aszús, at 185 grams per liter of residual sugar).

Tara Q. Thomas, December 2020
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Royal Tokaji
Nyulászó, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 2016

Wine & Spirits
91 Points

This feels youthful and lean, the peach and lemon flavors pinned to the wine's broad texture by sharp acidity. While it's succulent and almost refreshing now, this is sure to build in complexity with time in bottle.

Tara Q. Thomas, December 2020
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