Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1996

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  • Introduction

    • Single Vineyard
      Great First Growth, 6 Puttonyos

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Mézes Mály (meszes mahly) Vineyard was named one of the two best vineyards in all of Tokaj 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

    • Spring came later than usual to Tokaj, delaying budbreak about a week. The remainder of the summer was rainy, although not too cold. October and November were very sunny and dry, with the grapes ready to harvest by mid-November.

  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 3.5 years
    • Bottled: August 9, 2000
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 60% Furmint, 30%Hárslevelú, 10% Muscat
    • Production (in cases): 350 cases (6/500ml)
    • Cases Imported: 100
    • Alcohol: 9.5%
    • TA: 10.5g/L
    • RS: 185g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • On the nose there are lovely floral aromas of linden blossoms, as well as characteristic scents of honey and apricot. The wine opens with a nice refreshing character on the palate, displaying peach, pear and dried plum flavors that lead to a long, delicate, honey-filled finish.

    • Serving Suggestions: Serve slightly chilled (50–54°F) in a small port glass or a glass of similar size (there are approximately eight two-ounce servings per 500ml bottle). Tokaji Aszú wines are wonderful on their own as an apéritif or as a digestif, with cigars and petits fours. These wines also pair well with a wide variety of foods, including foie gras, fruit tarts, chocolate desserts and blue and soft cheeses.



  • Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1996 – 90 points – Wine & Spirits

    "... a wine that’s plush with flavor, all candied kumquat, golden raisins, apricots and orange blossom honey. Laden with spice, this has a rummy feel, warming and dark, for winter drinking."

  • Mézes Mály, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1996 – 92 points – Wine Spectator

    “Distinctive wine. On the palate, it’s fresh and focused, with marmalade and mineral flavors. Medium-bodied and more rustic in style than its peers, yet with personality and intensity.”