A native grape, the Furmint is perhaps best known for producing the legendary dessert wine of Tokaj.
However, more recently, Hungary’s winemakers have turned heads in the wine world by bottling the variety dry.
The elegant and mineral-forward character of these wines have given wine critics cause to liken its potential to that of Chablis.
For an introduction to the grape variety in its dry form, look no further than the Béres Dry Furmint.
A fine entry-level wine that displays all the characteristics associated with the grape (i.e. apricot, chamomile, and fine minerality).Béres2014Type:White Wine0.75 l£9.99
Quite simply one of Hungary's finest Harslevelus. This is a stunning dry white from Tokaj. Made entirely from Harslevelu (one of Tokaj's most noteworthy grape varieties).
It comes from a 2 hectare single vineyard called "Barakonyi". Fermented in 220L Hungarian oak barrels (2-3 years in age), using native yeast strains.
Then aged for 6 months with 5 months on the lees. Silky, well-rounded, and harmonious. It has pleasant notes of honey and stoned fruits and wonderful minerality.
Its finish is exceptionally long. This is one of those wines that stays on the mind.Tokaj Nobilis2014Type:White Wine0.75 l£15.99
“Top White“ Award Winner at “Pannon Bormustra” in Hungary, 2013
(Judging Panel: Tim Atkin MW, Isa Bal MS, and Stephen D. Tanzer)
A high quality Tokaji Furmint bottled dry. Made from carefully selected single vineyard grapes from the winery’s oldest vineyard - “Lőcse”.
An elegant wine with good minerality and acidity. Aged in oak for 8 months. A wine with great ageing potential.Béres2013Type:White Wine0.75 l£17.00
The sweet wines of Tokaj need no introduction. Next to Sauternes, they are perceived to be the best dessert wines in the world. And, their history is unrivalled in the fine wine world: the world's first vineyard classification system was introduced in Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary, in 1730.
Tokaj wines are also well known for the high regard that monarchs have held them in. During the 19th century, the Emperor Franz József made an annual birthday gift to Queen Victoria of a dozen bottles of Tokaji for each year of her life. For her penultimate birthday in 1900, she received 972 bottles. Regrettably, we are unable to confirm whether her long life was a result of her drinking this Hungarian elixir!
The Tokaji Magita Cuvée’s luscious, honey-like richness, balanced acidity, and three months oak ageing make it a delightful late harvest wine. Pleasant notes of almond and apricot come through on both the nose and palate. 86.4g/l sugar, 9.1g/l acidity.
This sweet wine should be a staple on every foodie’s dinner table. Very drinkable on its own, but also excellent as a dessert wine at the end of a meal. It pairs very well with cheese and can be drunk as an alternative to port. It also makes for a fantastic present. They do not come more Hungarian than this. Delicious!
Bottle Size: 0,5LBéres2013Type:Dessert Wine£15.00
A refined Tokaji Aszu which radiates notes of bergamot orange, fine pear and quince. Floral characteristics of privet and acacia are also forthcoming.
Intense, pure flavours of apricot jam and honeycomb reveal a sublime texture expertly balanced with lively acidity.
Challenge International du Vin - Bordeaux (2013) Gold medalBéres2007Type:Dessert Wine£26.99
Ever wondered what a Tokaji wine might taste like, if it was produced by a French man? Then, look no further!
And, who better to introduce Samuel Tinon and his wine than Hugh Johnson of Royal Tokaj...
"A hero of the early days was Samuel Tinon, a winemaker from a part of Bordeaux where they make sweet wines. He was young, fearless and learnt Hungarian in a trice. Those 1990 wines [he helped produce] are, frankly, a miracle. They were the first Tokaji wines produced in freedom since 1956 and they have great character. They proved firstly that different vineyards produced wines with different characteristics, ie, terroir; and, secondly, that we could do it: the wines were and still are delicious.
Tokaji is produced in tiny quantities - the yield is so small it makes that of even top-growth Bordeaux look like something out of the communist instruction manual. The chances of a good vintage are only moderate. If you are making really valuable wine only three or four times a decade, it is an expensive business"
A semi sweet wine with 110g/l sugar. On the palate, nicely ripe fruits come to the fore. Juicy, with notes of peach and plum. A crisp, fresh finish. Good acidity. Very drinkable. 89/100
Tom Cannavan (Wine-Pages)
Bottle Size: 0.5LSamuel Tinon2008Type:Dessert Wine£25.00