2005 Oremus Tokaji Eszencia 375mlFurmint from Hungary
List Price: $320.00
"Hungary's legendary Tokaji, or Tokay, has a long and distinguished history. Botrytis Cinerea, the so-called noble rot, was recognized in this picturesque region of northeaster...
- 97 Wine Spectator
- 96 Wine Enthusiast
97 Wine Spectator
"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." December 2015
96 Wine Enthusiast
"This amber-colored Hungarian stunner has ethereal aromas of raw honey, beeswax, freshly baked tarte Tatin, canned apricot and fresh pear. It is silky smooth and creamy in the mouth with pronounced flavors of clover honey, pear tart and baked sweet apples. The acidity is perfectly balanced so you can appreciate its velvety richness without feeling that the sweetness is too cloying." October 2016
"Hungary's legendary Tokaji, or Tokay, has a long and distinguished history. Botrytis Cinerea, the so-called noble rot, was recognized in this picturesque region of northeastern Hungary by 1650, a full 100 years before it was identified in Germany. Its effect was dramatic : as Jancis Robinson noted in the Oxford Companion to Wine, "By the 18th century, this extraordinary wine was known to the French court, and was subsequently introduced to the Russian imperial court by the Hapsburgs. Only Constantia from the Cape of Good Hope rivaled Tokay as 'the wine of kings and the king of wines' during this period of sweet wine worship, with Tokay Essencia regarded as an all-purpose restorative."
"Having fallen into disrepute under the communist regime. Tokay may today be, as Michael Broadbent put it, "the least known of the great classic European wine regions", but that now seems sure to change quickly as savvy western European winemakers flock to exploit the area's exceptional potential. One of the first was Bodegas Vega Sicilia, indisputably Spain's greatest estate, which in 1993 acquired one of Tokay's most highly-regarded properties in the top-rated village of Tolcsva, at the region's heart. Rechristened Bodegas Oremus, the winery boasts 115 hectares of "first growth" vineyard plus several kilometers -- and five levels -- of underground cellars hand hewn into volcanic rock. Wines have been ageing there under perfect conditions since the 12th century, in locally made, 136-liter Gonci and 220-liter Szerednyei oak casks" - Importer
97 - Wine Spectator
96 - Wine Enthusiast
|Taste||smoke, pear, lime, marzipan, blood orange, apricot, tobacco, tea, cinnamon and chocolate|
|Nose||smoke, pear, lime, marzipan, blood orange, apricot, tobacco, tea, cinnamon and chocolate|