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Wine From Beyond The Iron Curtain: Tokaj Aszu

The sweet essence of the dessert wines is a product of late-picked grapes that have been left on the vine to undergo an incredible transformation: a normally undesirable windborne fungus – Botrytis cinerea – takes hold of the grapes, feeding on their organic acids, but leaving their sugar untouched. This is known as ‘noble rot.’

A personal favorite of Louis XIV, this is one of the best dessert wines I’ve tried(a 5 puttonyos). From what a Hungarian explained to me while I was in their country, the puttonyos rating is a measure of the amount of grapes concentrated into each batch. The higher the puttonyos(poo tone yosh), the richer it gets. 6 is as high as I’ve seen.

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