5 amazing Hungarian wines by Andreas Larsson

The sommelier champion evaluated 23 wines

As we reported earlier, Swedish born Andreas Larsson had decided to taste Hungarian wines this October. Andreas was awarded the Best Sommelier of the World in 2007, when he won the Sommelier World Championship. Then he lauched Blind Tasted, his own publication online, and since its start he has tasted 20 374 wines. All tasted 100% blind, because this is the only objective evaluation method – as he states in his videos. His YouTube channel is most popular with short movies of tastings reaching out thousands of winelovers and professionals. During his October tasting he evaluated 23 Hungarian wines. The top score – no wonder – went to a Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos by Pajzos Tokaj with 95 scores. However, he gave high scores to some dry white and red wines as well, and we are really proud of these results, showing that Hungary is much more than the stunning dessert wines. Here are 5 wines with Larsson’s description.

For the full list of results see the website: https://www.blindtasted.com

Csányi Winery: Château Teleki Villány Franc, (Cabernet Franc) Villány, 2015 – 88 points

Medium deep ruby red colour. Fragrant nose displaying tobacco, red currant, plum, fresh herbs, some oak and mild spices. Medium weight on the palate, still a bit youthful with a tannic bite, elegant fruit, and a rather long finish, still needing some ageing to soften.


Csetvei Winery: Napholdcsillag (Chardonnay, Szürkebarat, Ezerjó), Mór, 2017 – 90 points

Bright light golden colour. Pure nose displaying yellow fruit, vanilla, butter and butterscotch, yet not a lot of oak. Unctuous yet crisp with good layers, pale stone fruit, ripe citrus, a vibrant freshness and a long finish, well-balanced.


Dúzsi Tamás: Görögszó (Cabernet Franc, Carbernet Sauvignon), Szekszárd, 2013 – 88 points

Dense dark core with a purple hue. Ripe dark fruit, cassis, plum and leather with dried herbs, some roasted pepper and a hint of oak. The palate is dense and concentrated with ripe dark fruit, cassis and cherry notes, a slight herbal spiciness, still youthful texture with dense tannin, pure fruit, a fresh backbone and good length, still deserving some time to shed the tannin.

Kovács Nimród: Grand Bleu (Kékfrankos), Eger, 2012 – 90 points

Dense purple core starting to lose some colour on the rim. The nose displays some new oak, dry spices, aniseed, dark berries and leather. The palate is dense with rounded extract, still some oak notes but fresh dark fruit flavours and good length.

Sabar: Olaszrizling birtokbor (Olaszrizling), Badacsony, 2017 – 89 points

Pale straw colour with a green tinge. Youthful nose, fresh almond, herbs, citrus and some floral nose. Discreet fruit on the palate, light to medium weight with fresh apple, pear and dry spices notes, rather long and warm finish.

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