It’s been a few years since a bottle of Royal Tokaji form my collection has been opened. Once again the ritual began with the removal of the wax covering the top and cork.
It’s additional protection from air. Once removed the well preserved cork revealed its face with a big 1995 tattoo atop of it. It was shortly pierced by the cork screw and only once I pierced it did I realize that maybe I should use the opportunity to write about it.
If you ever had a bottle of Tokaji wine you may remember a bright nearly clear yellow liquid like a light honey. That’s young wine. As it ages it darkens to a beautiful molasses color, yet the sweet taste of the young wine mellows with age.
Mézes Mály, in the Tarcal commune of Hungary, had the distinction of being classified as one of only two vineyards to be elevated to the equivalent of Great 1st growth in the Rakoczi classification of 1700. Situated on loess soil on a south facing slope, this famous vineyard is now enjoying a renaissance of its own. Mézes Mály’s characteristics are based around its translation as ‘honey pot’. Its incredibly long and exquisitely balanced aromas and flavours combine the very essence of aszu wines. Mézes Mály’s 11 hectares are jointly owned by the company and Hugh Johnson. http://www.royal-tokaji.com/mezes_maly.php