2005 Royal Tokaji Furmint

March 25 2011 - 11:52 PM

The increasing number of eastern European wines makes it an exciting time to explore and dive into something that Americans seldom explore:  the vast number of native varietals, the breadth of wine regions, and the long standing history of producing wine.

The Tokaji region of Hungary is perhaps the country’s most famous wine region. Known in particular for its sweet wine, aszú, often credited as being the world’s first botrytized wine (and in fact, inspired Sauternes), made from the Furmint grape. Despite the increasing awareness and critical acclaim of aszú, dry Furmint from the Tokaji region has also begun to enter several wine shops.

I picked up a bottle of the 2005 Royal Tokaji Furmint from a producer more well known for its aszú. It has a bracingly dry backbone, with notes of lemon and honeysuckle, with slight hints of cooked lemongrass and thyme. The vineyard’s minerally loess soil crops up in the middle palate. Acidity is good in this medium-bodied white, and it was suitably paired with some pan fried cod that I had cooked up.

Bottles can be picked up at Que Syrah. I did not save my receipt, but I believe it is around the $15 range.