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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Royal Tokaji Mad Cuvee (375ML half-bottle) 2009
Royal Tokaji Mad Cuvee (375ML half-bottle) 2009
(search item no. 113239)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Mád Cuvée is a pale green color, with a delicate flowery nose showing hints of white peach. On the palate it is of medium weight — sweet but with a good acid balance. This wine has exotic fruit flavors and a clean finish of medium length. This late harvest wine can be enjoyed chilled as an aperitif with canapés. It also pairs well with spicy Asian cuisine given its fresh acidity.
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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.