1957 Tokaji Aszú Eszencia
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Gold Medals in Budapest (1983, 1984), Bulgaria (1984), Bordeaux (1985), Poznan (1994), Ljubljana (1997)
Gold VinAgora 1998, Budapest
5 stars (max.), "Vintage Wine" (Michael Broadbent)
"Outstanding vintage and the best since 1947 ... Several notes, first in 1973. In 1989: warm amber with gold highlights; very rich, baked apples, raisins and honey; TBA-like sweetness and intensity yet not heavy. Soft, fat, glorious flavour. Two notes in 1994, both noted a pale lime rim, great depth, a whiff of caramel, high acidity. Last tasted at the Musée Baccarat in Paris, May 2000. At best. *****"
Michael Broadbent "Vintage Wines" (2002, p. 412)
"1999: 19 Points. Palate: Complex, good acidity, bitter caramel, tobacco tin and sultanas ... 2005: 20 Points. Palate: ... powerful opulent and wonderful wine."
wine author Sigi Hiss at www.tokaji.ch, July 2011
Tasting notes from Cellartracker.com:
"I brought this bottle to a tasting where it was tasted beside of Ch Climens and Ch Lafaurie-Peyraguey. The Tokay showed a very good balance, intense flavors of nuts and a delicate sweetness. For me it was more elegant than the Sauternes wines in this flight. The last 15% of the bottle was kept and tasted 4 days later. It showed excellent condition. Even if the wine was very good now, it will last for several decades more. 94 points."
"Borkombinat was the large state owned cooperative during the communist era which I believe later changed their name to Kereskedöház and has now been reorganized into Crown Estates. Matched with dessert of white and dark chocolate mousse with a raspberry sauce. This was a dark burnt orange/brown color. On the nose it had a hint of balsamic. Wonderful fruit still present in this wine. Notes of blackberry, orange peel and plum brandy. Almost portlike in character. This wine was primarily characterized by very lively acidity which held everything together. Full bodied. A great experience."