Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017

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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 40 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. 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
    • Cases Imported: 100
    • Alcohol: 11%
    • TA: 7.2 g/L
    • RS: 197.7 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • This wine shows typical black pepper and orange zest character, vibrant honey and grapefruit on the palate with a long, spicy finish.

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Reviews

  • 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.

  • Royal Tokaji Betsek, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj — 2017 – Vinous – 96 Points

    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.

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