Tokaji Aszú: Hungary's Great Sweet Wine
Tokaji Aszú is one of the world’s great sweet wines. It’s produced in Tokaj-Hegyalja region of Hungary at the confluence of the Tisza and Bodrog rivers near the border with Slovakia. The rivers produce the fog and humidity that’s conducive to the botrytis cinerea that dries and shrivels the grapes and contributes to the concentrated, unique flavors of the Aszú berry and wine [see photo of fog-shrouded chapel in Mád]. We tasted several sweet Tokaji wines for our Report #27 Sweet Wines of the World, but we weren’t able to devote adequate time and space to this very special wine. After a long down period under Communist rule from 1949 to 1990, Tokaji is once again on the rise, producing both sweet and dry wines of distinction. In this article we discuss Tokaji in more detail and provide our assessments of the wines we’ve tasted.
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