We tasted a lot of sweet wines for our Report #27 on The Sweet Wines of the World. Some of our very favorite ones came from the Tokaj-Hegyalia region of Hungary. At its best, Tokaji is complex and sweet but never cloying, even when the sugar content is high. The sweetest Tokaji—5 or 6 Puttonyos—can appear to be not very sweet due to the wine’s high acidity. Tokaji Aszú is, of course, only made from botrytis affected berries. The shriveled botrytised grape (pictured here) contributes its own unique flavor and aroma to the wine. Our favorite Tokaji wines from our tastings all have superb acidity and the distinct notes of botrytis. We list our favorites below. The full tasting notes on these and other Tokaji wines can be found in our report and, also, in an article posted on our website.
Alana-Tokaj 2006 Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos Tokaj-Hegyalja ($131/500ml) 96
Kiralyudvar 2003 Aszú 6 Puttonyos Lapis Tokaj-Hegyalja ($100/500ml) 95
Andrássy Pincészet 2006 Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos Tokaj-Hegyalja ($39/500ml) 93
Béres 2005 Vitis Tokajensis Aszú 5 Puttonyos Tokaj-Hegvalja ($NA) 91
Patricius 2003 Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos Tokaj-Hegyalja ($69/500ml) 91
Château Megyer 2000 Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos Tokaj-Hegyalja ($49/500ml) 91