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Royal Tokaji Essencia 2007

Royal Tokaji Essencia

Royal Tokaji Essencia

Category - wine, Hungary, 1.65% abv

Available - From this month in Europe, Asia from late May, US from September

Location - Global

Price - RRP US$500 under bond per 37.5cl bottle, $2,830 for the six-bottle set

Royal Tokaji has released Essencia 2007 - the fifth vintage of Essencia - and there are only 2,057 bottles available. The global rollout begins in the UK and Europe followed by Asia and USA in September.

The 2007 vintage follows on from 1993, 1999, 2000 and 2003.

For the first time, the latest expression will be available, in a six-bottle wine merchants' wooden box for collectors as well as a single bottle presentation box. Individual bottles come in a black lacquer box from Hungary, featuring a crystal spoon.

Essencia contains so little alcohol - 1.65% - that the legal definition of wine only applies due to a special exception.

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Royal Tokaji is releasing the fifth vintage of their fabled Essencia, the 2007. Only 2,057 37.5cl bottles of this legendary elixir are available to selected customers in international markets. Release begins in the UK and Europe followed by Asia and USA in September. The 2007 vintage follows on from 1993, 1999, 2000 and 2003. The Hungarian winter was mild in 2007, followed by a long, hot summer yielding a wine of apricot, fig and plum aromas.

For the first time it will be available, in a 6 bottle wine merchants wooden box for collectors as well as a single bottle presentation box for gifting. Individual bottles are presented in a chic, black lacquer box, hand-made in Hungary. Each box contains a hand-blown crystal spoon, also made in Hungary, with which to serve, sip and savour this precious golden-amber liquid.

Essencia is the world’s rarest and most concentrated essence of grapes. It has so little alcohol 1.65% that the legal definition of wine only applies due to a special exception. Perfect humid climatic conditions are needed to encourage and form noble rot, depriving the grapes of 90% of their juice and shrivelling them into rich raisins. Each berry is harvested individually. Back at the winery they are heaped together in collecting bins, drop by drop the juice seeps from these raisined grapes, there is not enough to fill a barrel so this rare amber liquid is transferred into glass demijohns and taken down into Royal Tokaji’s deep, dark, historic cellars. In the cool cellar conditions a gentle change gradually occurs, over seven years, transforming the sugar, acids and flavours of the grapes into a unique, perfumed, unctuous syrup so rich that it can only be sipped.

The Tokaj region lies 240km north of Budapest, Hungary, and has long been famous for its Aszú wines and was Europe’s first classified wine region. Over the centuries the legendary Tokaji wines have been enjoyed by Louis XV, Frederick the Great, Catherine the Great, Napoleon III, Queen Victoria, Thomas Jefferson, Voltaire, Goethe, Hayden, Beethoven, Liszt and Schubert, to name but a few. 

Royal Tokaji Essencia 2007 will retail at around £320 a bottle under bond in the presentation box and £1,800 for 6 bottles in the OWC. Retailers will include specialist wine merchants including Farr Vintners, telephone: 020 7821 2000.

Original source: Company release


Sectors: Wine

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