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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Royal Tokaji Wine Company Dry Furmint 2005
Royal Tokaji Wine Company Dry Furmint 2005
(search item no. 91276)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Furmint is a white varietal grown in Hungary and is the main ingredient of Tokaji Aszu. This yellowish-green grape displays a bouquet reminiscent of ripe apples in youth. After aging in wood, Furmint develops aromas of honey and walnuts. Rich in extract, it makes a heady, robust wine with pronounced acid. It is an early-budding, late-ripening variety that is particularly succeptible to botrytis. Often characterized by its high alcohol levels, Furmint's high acidity gives the wine longevity.

The Royal Tokaji 2005 Furmint is a dry, white wine with apricot, ripe apple and hint of honey on the nose. Well-balanced with a nice mineral backbone, this clear light-colored wine displays flavors of apples and fruit with just a touch of lemon zest.

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About Royal Tokaji:

The first Tokaji AszĂș (toh-KAY ah-SOO) wine was created in the 1600s, perhaps by accident - a harvest delayed by threat of enemy invasion. In 1700, Tokaj became the first European region to have its vineyards classified, its uniquely varied terroirs and climates rated Primae Classis, Secundae Classis, Tertius Classis ("1st Growth, 2nd Growth, 3rd Growth") by Prince Rakoczi of Transylvania. This classification system is still used in Hungary today. Louis XIV of France (1638 - 1715) declared Tokaji "the wine of Kings and the King of wines", while in the 18th century, Catherine the Great stationed soldiers in Tokaj to protect her vineyards.

Quality production ended with World Wars I and II and the Communist takeover of Hungarian winemaking. AszĂș grapes were used for mass production in factories, with vineyard distinctions lost in giant tanks. Tokaji's renaissance began after the collapse of communism with the Royal Tokaji Wine Company (RTWC) in 1989, inspired by well-known wine author, Hugh Johnson, and others. RTWC's founders started the winery in an effort to preserve what they considered a dying art. "I couldn't resist bringing back to life a wine that had been so renowned centuries ago," says Johnson.