Patricius Tokaji Aszú – the World’s 4th Best Sweet Wine
Gold shines through the toughest competition
Only 1% of the wines involved is awarded in this tough competition. The contest is less known at the moment, though it is extremely serious and involves a huge number of wines. The contest was created by Fine Magazines (published in Scandinavia, Europe, USA, India and Australia) and Tastingbook.com.
Consumers vote, professionals taste – three times
Unlike other wellknown wine contests, the first phase is carried on online: producers enter their wines (150 euros / sample), and voting period begins. Winelovers and professionals can vote for 3 months, and to make it more exciting: the progression of votes can be followed on real time on Tastingbook.com during the entire 3-months voting period. The voting power of professionals is heavily weighted in their favour. On the second phase the 30 most voted wines in each category are proceeded to finals where finalist wines are blind tasted and assessed by the wine professionals (Master of Wine experts and other highly qualified professionals) – three times. Over 22.500 wines received in total 1.333.896 votes from 620.000 wine professionals and winelovers from 105 countries during the three months voting period.
Sweet news for Hungary
In red wines category 2 Californian wines are on the top, then a Rhône (E. Guigal) and a Penfolds from Australia. With dry white wines Europe wins with E. Guigal on the top from Rhône, then a Wachau Grüner Veltliner (Loibner), then again a Rhône (Chapoutier) and a German wine from Rheinhessen (Keller G-Max). Champagne is certanly ruled by champagne (Dom Perignon, Roederer, Taittinger), and the best sparkling is not surprisingly a prosecco from Bisol (followed by two Spanish sparkling, a Raventos i Blanc and a Pere Ventura cava).
Fortified wines are ruled by Port (no surprise here, Graham’s Vintage Port is the winner from 2011), and the best rosé comes from New Zealand (Squealing Pig Rosé from Central Otago) followed by a Portugal and a Spanish Rioja rosé.
The best sweet wine is a TBA from Robert Weil, Rheingau, Germany (Kiedrich Gräfenberg TBA 2016). Well deserved! Then a Kracher Welschriesling from Austria, a Suduiraut from Sauternes, and the 4th best wine is Patricius Tokaji Aszú 6 puttonyos from 2007! Amazing result to be among the best wines of the world!
Enourmous structure, endless taste
Péter Molnár, director of Patricius estate believes that Tokaji Aszú must not be heavy and overconcentrated. To keep Tokaji Aszú among the best, winemakers should create fresh, balanced wine which is easy to drink. “Wine contests like BWW justifies that Tokaj is a unique wine region of great quality. Our ancestors have precisely established the base of our work back in the 14th-15th century. We do not necessarily need to create new things, our forefathers have already experimented to find the best varieties and methods. Aszú has brought fame to Tokaj, therefore we adjust our philosophy to this heritage at Patricius Estate” – says Péter Molnár.
And now the 4th best sweet wine of the world: “Nicest aromas of botrytized berries followed by enormous, high structure and full body. Long, smooth, endless taste and exceptional deepness of peach, apricot and fig character. Full of Tokaj!”