An Evening with Royal Tokaji
Saturday 7th June 2014, 7.30 pm
Ticket price is £385 per person including Service Charge and VAT
To reserve a place please call our Reservations team on 01628 580333
Royal Tokaji leads the renaissance of the great wines of Tokaj.
The company was founded in 1990 by Hugh Johnson, the noted wine-writer. Inspired by the great wines of the past he brought together a passionate group of investors and local vineyard owners to form Royal Tokaji.
Their mission, since the outset, has been to recreate the wines that for centuries were considered amongst the very finest in the world.
Royal Tokaji owns 110 hectares of vineyards in and around the village of Mád including First and Second growth vineyards and Mézes Mály, a Great First Growth.
The wines are crafted in a new state of the art winery and aged in our 13th century cellars. This reflects the respect for tradition and commitment to quality that defines their wines.
The King of Wines.
Tokaji Aszú wine was born in Hungary in the 16th century, the first region in the world to harness the effects of Noble Rot or Botrytis Cinerea to produce sweet wines.
The region’s mosaic of unique soils and microclimates and the fine quality of the wines they yielded were recognised by Prince Rákóczi II of Transylvania who, in 1700, classified the vineyards into: Great First Growths, First, Second and Third Growths. Thus, Tokaji became the world's first wine region to have its vineyards classified and this classification remains in place today.
Tokaji wines have enjoyed a long, glorious history. Louis XIV of France described them as ‘The wine of Kings and King of wines’, whilst Catherine the Great of Russia stationed a contingent of Cossack soldiers in the region to protect the vineyards and escort the wine on its journey to St Petersburg. The most expensive wine ever bought by Thomas Jefferson was Tokaji Aszú.
Several other European monarchs are known to have been keen consumers of the wine. Louis XV and Frederick the Great tried to outdo one another when they treated guests such as Voltaire with Tokaji and Napoleon III ordered 30–40 barrels of Tokaji for the Imperial Court each year.
We are delighted to welcome Hugh Johnson OBE to introduce the evening and the following wines:
Dry Furmint Mézes Mály 2011
Dry Furmint Mézes Mály 2010
Birsalmás 6 Puttonyos Aszú 2008
Betsek 6 Puttonyos Aszú 2008
Nyulászó 6 Puttonyos Aszú 2008
Szt. Tamás 6 Puttonyos Aszú 2005
Mézes Mály 6 Puttonyos Aszú 2005
There will be a change in our Tasting Menu to complement the wines.