The Royal Tokaji Wine Company pioneered the renaissance of Tokaji after the fall of Communism in 1989. A group of foreign investors, including Hugh Johnson and Peter Vinding-Diers, formed the company in cooperation with 63 growers in Mád, the Hungarian village which friends jested was named in anticipation of their joint venture. Agreeing to produce only Aszú wines with four puttonyos or more, and using the classification of 1700 as their guide to the finest terroirs, the association of growers and investors produced their first vintage in 1990. These ground-breaking wines signalled the return of the unique Tokaji style. Nyulaszo has always produced aszu wines that have contributed most to the house style of Royal Tokaji. The Nyúlászó (nu-lääh-sooh) vineyard is one of the most well-known vineyards in Tokaji, and the first that the Royal Tokaji Wine Company purchased. The vineyard is located on south-, southwest- and southeast-facing slopes overlooking the village of Mád. The grapes grown here produce lively, elegant and highly-perfumed wines, characteristics typically associated with wines originating from grapes grown in loess soil, whereas the Nyulászó vineyard (the translation in English is ‘to catch hares’) is predominantly red volcanic clay with only pockets of loess soil present. Because of this unusual soil composition, the wines that are made from Nyulászó’s grapes are the most complex wines in the Royal Tokaji portfolio. This celebrated First Growth single vineyard is one of the most sought after estates in the whole Tokaji region. Size of Royal Tokaji holding: 18ha. The skill and traditions of producing aszu wines have changed little since the 17th Century. Hand picked aszu berries are macerated with top quality base wines. The resultant aszu wines mature at different sweetness levels, generally 5 or 6 puttonyos. Careful pruning in the 1st and 2nd Growth vineyards, hand picking and maturation for at least three years in Gönczi casks in 13th century cellars, ensure these rich, refreshing wines are produced to the highest quality.
Royal Tokaji Aszú Nyulászó 6 Puttonyos 2003 is a medium amber colour with a rich deep nose of orange peel and toasted nuts. On the palate it has a very smooth creamy, vanilla character, and a long, lingering finish, ending with the sharp acidity that is so typical of aszu wines.
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Enjoy with foie gras and asian fusions, with dry and blue cheeses or with fruit and chocolate desserts.