Royal Tokaji

Tokaj, Hungary

Szt. Tamás, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1999

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  • Introduction

    • Single Vineyard
      First Growth, 6 Puttonyos

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Szt. Tamás (saint tah-mahsh) Vineyard is located north of Royal Tokaji’s Nyulászó Vineyard on south-, southwest- and southeast-facing slopes at nearly 220 meters (750 feet), overlooking the winery’s cellars. Named for the apostle Saint Thomas, the vineyard has red, volcanic clay soil high in iron oxide that has the ability to retain moisture well helpful in drought years. Wines produced from grapes grown in the Szt. Tamás Vineyard have a lovely, pure fruitiness, nice acidity and good ageability.

    • Appellation: Tokaj
    • Size: 11.9 hectares (29.4 acres)
    • Vine Age: 7.2 hectaores (17.79 acres) planted 1982–1987; 4.7 hectares (11.61 acres) planted 2001
  • Vintage Report

    • There were two hailstorms in Tokaj in August. As a result, the remaining healthy grapes developed great intensity and concentration. Royal Tokaji believes that 1999 is on a par with the 1993 vintage, the first outstanding year for Tokaj after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Whereas the 1993 vintage had impressive concentration and structured richness, the hallmark of the 1999 vintage is one of unbelievable acidity wrapped in perfectly balanced fruit.

    • Harvest Date(s): Late September to late October
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 5.5 years in old Hungarian oak
    • Bottled: July 2005
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Furmint, Hárslevelú, Muscat
    • Production (in cases): 267 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/500ml
    • Cases Imported: 100
    • Alcohol: 9.3%
    • TA: 12.5g/L
    • RS: 219g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Aromas of peach, apricot, orange peel and quince leap out of the glass. The 1999 Szt. Tamás is a rich and full-bodied wine, yet is refreshing and easy to drink.

    • Serving Suggestions: 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. Tokaji Azsú 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 a variety of cheeses.



  • Szt. Tamás, 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj – 1999 – 95 points – Wine Spectator

    “Positively electric. The racy style of the vintage shows in this laserlike Tokaji. The searing acidity is matched by intense flavors of apricot, orange peel, juniper, cedar and mineral.”