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Chateau Dereszla 2006 Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos - Review

Tokaj, Hungary

Our Selection for Wine of the Week May 28, 2012

A bottle of Chateau Dereszla 2006 Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos, our wine of the week

Chateau Dereszla
2006 Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos

Tokaj, Hungary

Chateau Dereszla is steeped in Tokaj history. The winery's cellars date back to the early fifteenth century. The winery fell into neglect in the late twentieth century, but in 2000, a French family from Champagne, the D'Aulans, began to revive the estate. Today, the winery is known for both its dry and sweet wines, most notably its Aszú. Aszú are those wines formerly known as "Tokay." They are made from botrytised grapes that have been pounded to a paste, then added to fermenting must for a short period of time (in this case 14 hours). A second fermentation is completed before the wine is bottled. The 2006 Dereszla completed its second fermentation in stainless steel tanks, helping to create its clean, pure flavor. On the nose, the wine offers matured aromas of honey and golden raisins. Its layers of flavors include fresh and dried apricot, white peach and a hint of bitter grapefruit up front with a bit of spice and zippy citrus and stone fruit acidity toward the back of the palate. For savory pairings, try it with charcuterie, aged cheeses or rich, fatty dishes like duck confit or fois gras. The wine shines as an accompaniment to simple desserts like shortbread, spiced bread pudding or even dark chocolate chip cookies.

Rating: 15/20
$40 (500 ml)

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Chateau Dereszla 2010 Tokaji Dry

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