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Date Printed: 5/26/2016
Royal Tokaji Essencia (375ML half-bottle) 2003
Royal Tokaji Essencia (375ML half-bottle) 2003
(search item no. 115473)
collectible wine
has large label

Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 5/26/2016: $699.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 100 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2003 Essencia combines the taut ample acidity of the 1999 and the charming balanced richness of the 2000. It has aromas of honeysuckle and summer lime blossom but also of raisins, of orange blossom and oranges, of dried apricots and lemon zest, of quince and fig and — can it be? — tobacco.
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About Royal Tokaji Wine Company:

The first Tokaji Aszú (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. Aszú 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.