Royal Tokaji Aszu

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Tis the season and all that, so what are we all drinking this Christmas? There are always those deals hiting the shelves pushing us to try different things but there are always those trusty winter warmers that we have to enjoy every year.

So last night I delved into my so called storage system to find an old friend. I say old friend, it’s a relavitly new drink on my Christmas drinking campaign (which is enjoyed sensibly as always). Pushing past the port, brandy and sherry I made my way to the Tokaji…

There’s an awful lot of hype behind the brand with links to famous Kings and Queen’s and plenty of talk about first growth vineyards within the brand. However its best just to let the wine itself do the talking.

As in all Aszu wines the three grape varieties are Furmint, Harsleveu and Muscat de Lunel which all blend together for the 2000 vintage to produce a rich balance of sweetness and acidity to tickle a wide range of taste buds. With 2000 being warm and dry the grapes achieved a high level of sugar but failed to produce the trademark botrytis.

The result? A very rich but well balanced wine that quite frankly I believe deserves to be consumed on its own merit. But if and like a fair few you would prefer to indulge in food whilst enjoying this festive tipple, I would strongly recommend adding some to your Christmas pudding! The orange zest and honey notes are fruitful amid the sharp fortified flavours plowing through.

This is a drink best served at this time of year. I am certain to be returning next year.

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