Hungary gears up for third Tokaj auction

Posted by Rachel England on 12 February 2015 |

Organisers of the third Confrerie de Tokaj auction, taking place in Hungary’s Sarospatak Castle, have revealed the wines that will be on sale on 25 April.

There will be 19 lots on offer, ranging from larger, well-known producers such as Szepsy and Tokaji Kereskedohaz to smaller wineries including Fuleky Pinceszest.

Loosely modelled on Burgundy’s Hospices de Beaune, the past two auctions have attracted bids from as far away as China and the US. Half of the buyers are expected to come from outside Hungary and will include Michelin-starred restaurants, merchants and private collectors.

“The goal of the auction is to bring buyers’ attention to Tokaj and let them taste young wines straight from the barrel,” Laszlo Meszaros of producers Disznoko, told the drinks business. “There’s always something special and unique to taste at the auction.”

Most of the dryer wines are from the 2014 vintage, which Meszaros described as “a very difficult vintage due to sour rot, though the quality of the grapes was actually much better than had been expected before the harvest”.

Most of the sweeter wines come from the 2013 vintage, which he described as: “A very good vintage with fine levels of botrytis producing some very aromatic wines.”

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