Tokaji Eszencia



Only made in excellent years when the harvest of noble berries is particularly abundant, this is an incredibly rich and unique wine. It has exceedingly low alcohol (1 to 3%), as the amount of sugar concentrated in it does not manage to ferment, so that it is not unusual to find 500 or more grams of residual sugar per liter. The Aszú berries are collected one by one and left to rest for 15 to 20 days; the only crushing is from the slight pressure from the weight of the berries. The resulting must is put in 50-liter glass containers, where it undergoes an extremely slow fermentation. After 2 years, it is decanted into 68-liter barrels known as átalag, for further aging; after bottling, the wines are sged for several more years before release.

97 points
"This is the essence of the grape, featuring apricot, orange peel and honey flavors, followed by mineral and butterscotch notes on the lengthy finish. The thick texture is penetrated by laserlike acidity. Harmonious and almost complete, fresh and expressive. Drink now through 2024. 100 cases made."
Bruce Sanderson,
Wine Spectator
, December 2015

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