Crown Estates of Hungary, formerly the Tokaji Kereskedóház Rt, is the only major wine company in the region that is in 100% Hungarian ownership. The company owns 80 hectares of vineyard which include the former Royal Estate great First growth"„¢ Szarvas, Kirárly in Mád, and Szentvér in Tolcsva, whose brown forest soils produce wines with high acid and extract which can be kept without deterioration for many years.
The Company makes Sweet Aszu wines which are made using winemaking techniques dating back to the 1630"„¢s. A base wine is made in September from sound grapes. From mid-October raisin-like, sugar rich Aszu grapes are hand-picked into puttony"„¢ tubs and are lightly crushed. 3, 4, 5 or 6 puttony"„¢ (25 kg) of Aszu grapes are then added per 136 litres of base wine which then undergoes a maceration and second fermentation. The wine is then aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of 4 years and a further 9 months in bottle before release. Aszu Wines are delicious drunk on their own or with nuts, foie gras, blue cheese and most desserts, particularly tarte tatin"„¢ or pear or almond tart.
Crown Estates also offer an extensive range of dry, sweet and late harvest wines from the traditional grape varieties of the area, Furmint, hárslevelü, and Musakatoly. We are able to offer the dry Sargamuskotály on our DPD list but other styles are available on an ex cellar basis.
Profiting from the same ideal growing conditions as the 3 puttonyos, the wine is deep yellow gold with an intense nose with impressive perfume and richness, with elements of brown sugar, caramel and apples. Huge caramel richness and sugar shows through on the on the palate with mouth filling ripeness and intensity. Very long indeed with tremendous focus and clean acidity.