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The best Hungarian wines of 2014



VinCE Magazine judges freshly released wines month after month and also carries out themed tastings in which we seek the best among certain grape varieties or wine styles. Now, we’re going to reveal the wines that reached the highest positions over 2014’s 11 issues – the 50 wines are those that were given the highest scores among the almost 1,200 bottles sent to us. If you choose any of these, you certainly won’t regret it.

How does VinCE magazine judge wine?

1. The wines are always tasted blind, which means that the tasters cannot see any part of the bottle: neither the label nor the capsule. Also, the wine is served covered in a stiff bag, which cannot be seen through and does not even reveal the shape of the bottle.

2. We always adjust the tasting panel according to the theme of the tasting, meaning that we always invite experts on the given topic. The composition of the panel is mixed, in order that all areas of the wine business are represented: sommeliers, wine merchants, wine writers, winemakers and wine experts holding international qualifications.

3. The test is open and free: any winery or distributor can send samples to our tastings. For further information, please write to us at: teszt@vincema­gazin.hu

4. The only permanent member of the panel is László Romsics, an international wine expert and a permanent advisor to VinCE magazine. He takes an active role in selecting the test themes, tastes at every tasting, and proofreads the entire content of the magazine. Prior to the tastings, he doesn’t know what the wines are and tastes them blind, just as the other members of the panel do.

5. Famous guests and staff members of VinCE also taste on occasion, although their points are NOT included in the evaluation of the wines.

6. The results of the tastings are kept confidential until publication, with the only exception being the winemakers who made the wines that achieved the three best positions. For them, we offer the opportunity to emphasize the result with an advertisement.

7. We’ve been tasting diligently for 10 years, and our credibility is indicated by the continuous increase in the number of subscribers and buyers.

The best Hungarian wines of 2014 - Based on VinCE Magazine’s blind tasting tests


TOP 15 RED WINES

1. RICZU-STIER KÉKFRANKOSRICZU-STIER PINCÉSZET, VILLÁNY, 2009, DRY RED WINE

VINCE PRIZE

Brownish ruby colour. Rich, wide spectrum, developing aromas with some mature notes, blackberry, plum and dark chocolate. The palate is full of fruity flavours with rum and plum, and a touch of chocolate. A rich wine made with great use of oak and one that has good ageing potential.

  • Kékfrankos
  • Raiker, Riczu-Stier Winery (Villány)

2. ENIGMA – KISS GÁBOR, VILLÁNY, 2012, DRY RED WINE

VINCE PRIZE

Lively, dense, very deep colour that’s a mix of ruby and purple. Intense, spicy, developing aromas of sour cherry, cherry, plum, blueberry and rosehip. A real fruit bomb. Well- structured, rich but not lazy on the palate.  Delicate acid structure, lovely aromas.

  • Merlot
  • Zwack Shop, www.zwackborok.hu, Bortár­saság

3. CABERNET FRANC – RICZU-STIER PINCÉSZET, VILLÁNY, 2011, DRY RED WINE

VINCE PRIZE

Elegant, subtly spicy, minty, sour cherry note, with a restrained, developing nose. Richly flavoursome, full palate with an oily texture; the beauty of the wine is even more evident alongside food. Ripe tannins, medium acidity, smooth and round. Perfect balance.

  • Cabernet Franc
  • www.jackfall.com, Sidewayz Borgaléria

4. VYLYAN MONTENUOVO CUVÉE – VYLYAN SZŐLŐBIRTOK ÉS PINCÉZET, VILLÁNY, 2009, DRY RED WINE

17.60 points

Deep ruby colour. Good intensity, developing wine full of mainly forest fruit, discreet oaky notes, a touch of chocolate and cocoa. Also rich in flavour, with good balance, delicate acidity and a rich texture. A well-made and structured wine with lots of ripe berry fruit.

  • Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Zweigelt, Kékfrankos
  • In Vino Veritas, www.borkereskedes.hu, www.vylyan.hu

5. VYLYAN DOBOGÓ CABERNET SAUVIGNON SELECTION  – VYLYAN PINCÉSZET, VILLÁNY, 2009, DRY RED WINE

17.50 points

Deep ruby colour. Elegant, stunningly beautiful nose, flawless, blackberry, raspberry and forest fruit. A top notch wine. Complex, concentrated, full palate. Slightly harsh drying tannins, but it still has time.

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • In Vino Veritas, Esszencia, www.vylyan.hu

6. CABERNET FRANC – SCHIEBER PINCÉSZET, SZEKSZÁRD, 2012, DRY RED WINE

17.40 points

Very deep ruby colour with a purple rim. Intensive and developing nose, rich, pronouncedly spicy, plum. Toasty, smoky notes are also tangible alongside the rich fruitiness, owing to the use of good quality oak. The palate is smooth and full of forest fruit. A full-bodied yet not a heavy wine. A tasty red wine with good drinkability and a medium-length finish.

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Schieber Pince borszaküzlet (Szekszárd)

7. JACKFALL GRAND

JACKFALL BORMANUFAKTÚRA, VILLÁNY, 2007, DRY RED WINE

17.30 points

Besides suggesting lengthy barrel ageing, its bouquet also implies it having been matured in the bottle. Dried sour cherry, plum and plum jam, alongside smoky, toasted and dark chocolate notes. Ripe, with abundant and smoothly polished tannins on the palate. Robust, richly spicy, velvet structured wine with sufficient acidity and dried fruit flavours. It’s worth giving it a chance to breathe.

  • Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • www.jackfall.com, Sidewayz Borgaléria

8. VYLYAN DUENNIUM – VYLYAN SZŐLŐBIRTOK ÉS PINCÉSZET, VILLÁNY, 2009, DRY RED WINE

17.30 points

Deep ruby colour mixed with shades of brown. Plum, tobacco, toasted aromas, sweet spices. A multi-layered, developed wine with a spicy nose. Dense flavours, richly textured with lots of flavoursome ripe forest fruit and plums. The rich tannins serve as a strong building block for the wine’s structure.

  • Cabernet Franc, Merlot
  • In Vino Veritas, www.borkereskedes.hu, www.vylyan.hu

9. SZEKSZÁRDI BIKAVÉR – LICS PINCÉSZET, SZEKSZÁRD, 2012, DRY RED WINE

17.20 points

Dark, gleaming ruby colour. Elegant, good intensity, developing, ripe, plum, violet nose with subtle spiciness. Rich, well-structured, mature, delicious, velvety wine with good intensity. Ripe fruit, blackberry jam, long, flavoursome aftertaste. Balance and harmony. A wine for celebrations.

  • Kékfrankos, Kadarka, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
  •  Lics Pincészet Mintaboltjai,
  • www.licspince.hu

10. PETRÉNY GOLD: BIG BAND SUPERIOR (BIKAVÉR) – PETRÉNY PINCÉSZET, EGER, 2009, DRY RED WINE

17.20 points

Deep ruby colour with a garnet rim. Good intensity, developing nose with fruits of the forest, plum and subtle spiciness. Round, tasty, smooth palate in which the components nicely complement each other. Barrel notes only appear in the background without overwhelming the wine.

  • Kékfrankos, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah

11. VÖRÖS MUSTANG CABERNET SAUVIGNON – DIBONIS WINERY, SZABADKA, SZERBIA, 2007, DRY RED WINE

17.20 points

Deep ruby colour. Sour cherry soaked in brandy, milk chocolate, blueberry and sweet spices on the rich, intense and developing nose. Full on the palate, this is a scrumptious wine with lots of ripe and integrated tannins and nice oak notes. Good structure, southern, Mediterranean character. A noble wine for noble food.

Cabernet Sauvignon

12. HEIMANN BIKAVÉR – HEIMANN PINCE, SZEKSZÁRD, 2011, DRY RED WINE

17.00 points

Bright sour cherry colour, good intensity, elegant, pure, appealing nose with plum and intensive spiciness. Great juice, ripe, rich flavours. Full of fruit, concentrated, with sour cherry and spice aromas. Nice structure and knowledgeable use of oak, medium-long finish.

  • Kékfrankos, Kadarka, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sagrantino
  • 4490 Ft
  • Bortársaság

13. BOTT FRIGYES HISTORY KADARKA – BOTT FRIGYES, MUZSLA, 2013, DRY RED WINE

16.90 points

Mixture of ruby and brown. Outstanding nose, intensely spicy, with sour cherry. There’s also a cooler and slightly greenish note that’s typically characteristic of wine from a cooler climate, which is not disturbing but rather exciting. A pulsating, tasty wine on the palate with ripe but not overripe fruits.

  • Kadarka
  • 4350 Ft
  • Bortársaság

14. HALASI CUVÉE – HALASI PINCE, VILLÁNY, 2011, DRY RED WINE

16.85 points

Very deep ruby colour. Complex cassis, walnut, liqueur-like aromas with dark chocolate, spices, as well as earthy notes. Very rich, intense flavour spectrum, lots of ripe fruit, sour cherry, blackberry and blueberry. A full-bodied, yet tight, well-structured wine with sufficient acidity and a nice, long finish.

15. VILLÁNYI CABERNET FRANC – HEUMANN PINCE, SIKLÓS, VILLÁNY, 2009, DRY RED WINE

16.80 points

Intense, spicy, oaky, earthy aromas in which the toasted notes of barrel ageing also appear. A dense, richly textured, full-bodied, muscular red wine also with lots of ripe and integrated tannins, plus low acidity. Having it with food will definitely put a smile on anyone’s face.

  • Cabernet Franc
  • 4190 Ft
  • Heumann Pincészet (Siklós)

TOP 15 WHITE WINES

1.  NAGYEGEDI FURMINT – KOVÁCS NIMRÓD WINERY, EGER, 2011, DRY WHITE WINE

VINCE PRIZE

Medium intense greenish yellow colour. Layered aromas with minerals and apple-pear simultaneously. Oily-textured and round on the palate, this is a harmonious, richly textured, excellently made, truly delicious wine with a long aftertaste.

2. SZIL-VÖLGY FURMINT – GIZELLA PINCE, TOKAJ, 2012, DRY WHITE WINE

17.40 points

Pale green colour. Pear and minerality on the nose accompanied by distinctive notes originating from the barrel. Very nicely proportional on the palate, fresh acidity, pear and pineapple flavours as well as crispiness. Long, slightly walnut finish.

  • Furmint
  • 6390 Ft
  • Bortársaság

3. ALL OF A KIND – VILLA SANDAHL, BADACSONY, 2013, DRY WHITE WINE

17.30 points

Medium intense greenish colour. Walnut and peach on the nicely intense palate. Full and crispy flavours with pronounced peach flavours. Its lively and delicious acidity nicely emphasises the fruity character of the wine. It also shows a touch of bottle bouquet. Altogether a very tasty wine.

4. HÁRSLEVELŰ – CSERNYIK PINCE, GYÖNGYÖS-TARJÁN, 2013, DRY WHITE WINE

17.20 points

Medium intense greenish yellow colour. Perfumy, pronouncedly floral, slightly spicy nose. Very nice palate, a real “smiling” wine characterised by delicious ripe fruitiness and good intensity. It represents lightness and seriousness at the same time. A harmonious, nicely made, delicious wine.

  • Hárslevelű
  • 2400–2600 Ft
  • Radovin, Colour WineWorld, Pincekulcs, Tarján Borház, BorDay Borbár

5. GRÓF DEGENFELD TERÉZIA HÁRSLEVELŰ – GRÓF DEGENFELD SZŐLŐBIRTOK, TOKAJ, 2013, DRY WHITE WINE

16.90 points

A paler shade of greenish yellow. Starts with a restrained, slowly opening nose to reveal minerality, stone fruit aromas and a touch of a walnut brittle note. More expressive on the silky palate, with apple, pear and citrus flavours. A truly enjoyable wine with a slight bit of bitterness on the finish.

  • Hárslevelű
  • 2890 Ft
  • Gróf Degenfeld Szőlőbirtok

6. ETYEKI PINOT GRIS – KERTÉSZ CSALÁDI PINCÉSZET, ETYEK, 2012, DRY WHITE WINE

16.80 points

Greenish yellow colour. The medium intense nose is pronouncedly mineral and reminiscent of pears. An oily, flavoursome and full wine that’s rich on the palate with the ripe flavours of white-fleshed fruits and a bit of compote character. Due to its higher alcohol and lower acid content, it is recommended with food.

  • Pinot Gris
  • 3000–4000 Ft
  • Kertész Pince, Raiker, Pampetrics Borkeres­kedés

7. GIZELLA PINCE KASTÉLY FURMINT – GIZELLA PINCE, TOKAJ, 2013, DRY WHITE WINE

16.80 points

Pure, primary nose of medium intensity with walnut, peach and a touch of a barrel note. Great balance on the palate, with nice acidity to liven it up. Juicy peach, a touch of almond and oak. A sufficient amount of everything to let the fruit play the leading role.

  • Furmint
  • 3250 Ft
  • Bortársaság

8. SAUSKA CHARDONNAY – SAUSKA TOKAJ, TOKAJ, 2011, DRY WHITE WINE

16.73 points

Deep lemon colour. Exciting nose, camomile, green herbs, bay leaf followed by nectarine and tangerine. Good structure, nice acidity and serious body. Higher alcohol, dense and tasty palate. Some fruit, nice acidity and strong toasty notes on the palate. A unique, flavour-packed wine with a long aftertaste.

  • Chardonnay
  • 4980 Ft
  • Bortársaság

9. TŰZKŐ CHARDONNAY BARRIQUE- TŰZKŐ BIRTOK, TOLNA, 2011, DRY WHITE WINE

16.65 points

Pale greenish yellow colour. Delicious oak, fruit and walnuts, plus marzipan on the medium intense nose. Elegant, complex flavour spectrum. A delicious, richly layered wine with a lovely acid structure and spiciness. Yeasty, creamy and delicious, with a slightly bitter finish but good length.

  • Chardonnay
  • 1689 Ft
  • Auchan, BorPont, CBA Príma, Esszencia, Ezerjó, Veritas, Tűzkő Birtok

10. KERTÉSZ CHARDONNAY – KERTÉSZ CSALÁDI PINCÉSZET, ETYEK–BUDA, 2011, DRY WHITE WINE

16.62 points

A paler, silvery lemon colour. Perfumy, floral, developing nose, exotic, lively fruitiness and nice barrel notes. Elegant structure, beautiful acidity, subtle toasty aromas, vanilla, tangerine and peach. An exciting wine with rich flavours and slightly high alcohol.

  • Chardonnay
  • 2000–3000 Ft
  • Kertész Pince (Etyek), gasztronómia

11. BADACSONYI KÉKNYELŰ – MÁLIK ZOLTÁN, BADACSONY, 2010, DRY WHITE WINE

16.60 points

Yellowish green colour. Initially restrained and slightly closed, slowly opening nose with mineral aromas. More expressive, intense and invigorating on the palate. Creamy texture, reminiscent of peach and a bit of brittle. Good length and well-proportioned.

  • Kéknyelű
  • 3500–4200 Ft
  • Dolce Vita, Borkápolna, Borválogatás (Szeged), Pampetrics, Balaton Borgaléria

12. MAURUS MÓRI TRAMINI – MAURUS BORÁSZAT, MÓR, 2013 DRY WHITE WINE

16.50 points

Medium intense yellow colour. Ripe Traminer nose with apples and roses. Full, flavoursome, zesty palate characterised by delicious and harmonious acidity. A touch of minerality in the background plus some discreet flavours that are likely to have come from barrel ageing and increase the complexity of the wine. A distinctive and delicious wine.

  • Tramini
  • 1990 Ft
  • Art of Wine Kft.

13. BOTT FRIGYES OLASZRIZLING – BOTT FRIGYES, MUZSLA, SLOVAKIA, 2012, DRY WHITE WINE

16.41 points

Pale golden colour with greenish tints. Delicious, elegant nose, minerals, vanilla and apricot. Good juice, rich flavours, sufficient acidity and slightly higher alcohol. Nicely aged wine with all the characteristics of the varietal. Juicy fruit, with altogether excellent balance and a long finish.

  • Olaszrizling
  • 3490 Ft
  • Bortársaság

14. LAUNDRY HANGER – VILLA SANDAHL, BADACSONY, 2012, DRY WHITE WINE

16.40 points

Pale greenish colour. Medium intense nose, gradually opening, mineral, citrusy and elegant. The delicious and lively acidity is coupled with a bit of warming alcohol on the palate. Slightly oily texture, good concentration and also a bit of bitterness. Altogether a nicely aromatic and delicious wine.

  • Riesling
  • 10 500 Ft
  • Villa Sandahl (Badacsony), Sóos Katalin (Gödöllő)

15. RAJNAI RIZLING KÉSŐI SZÜRET (LATE HARVEST RIESLING) – SZENTPÉTERI BORPINCE, KUNSÁG, 2012, DRY WHITE WINE

16.40 points

Medium deep yellow colour. Ripe, with good intensity on the nose, reminiscent of peach and a bit of quince. Great roundness, with a creamy texture and loads of white fruit on the palate. The palate essentially leans more towards the alcohol with which the acidity content cannot keep pace. However, it’s a full and rich white wine overall.

  • Riesling
  • 2500 Ft
  • Szentpéteri Borpince, Magyar Minőségi Borok Boltja, Pohárszék, Zona étterem

 

TOP 10 SWEET WINE

1. DEMETER ZOLTÁN 6 PUTTONYOS ASZÚ- DEMETER ZOLTÁN, TOKAJ, 2007, SWEET WHITE WINE

VINCE PRIZE

A golden coloured aszú wine. Very deep, vanilla, honey, pear aromas with tropical fruit and raisins. A full, flavour-packed wine with plenty of ripe, white-fleshed dried fruit. What makes it special is the milk chocolate that is tangible beside the apricot and caramel. Elegant, delicious and round wine with nice acidity, heaps of fruit and a long aftertaste.

  • Furmint, Hárslevelű
  • 23 500 Ft
  • Bortársaság

2. GIZELLA 6 PUTTONYOS ASZÚ – GIZELLA PINCE, TOKAJ, 2007, SWEET WHITE WINE

VINCE PRIZE

Good intensity, citrusy, floral, delicately oaky, appealing, pure aszú aromas. Elegance and airiness. Everything is in the right place. Good acidity, very well proportioned, pure flavours, delicious oak. The rose and apricot on the palate are spiced up with mango, pineapple and quince, then crowned with a touch of minerality. Creamy and very, very long.

  • Furmint, Hárslevelű
  • 18 900 Ft
  • Gizella Pince (Tokaj)

3. ERZSÉBET PINCE TOKAJI ASZÚESZENCIA – ERZSÉBET PINCE, TOKAJ, 2003, SWEET WHITE WINE

VINCE PRIZE

Sophisticated botrytis aromas, anise, mint and spices with nicely ripened fruits also appearing. Full of raisins, papaya and pineapple, as well as minerality on the layered palate. Exciting, ripe aszú with rounded oak, and the refreshing acidity nicely balances the sweetness of the wine.

  • Furmint
  • 19 500 Ft
  • DiVino Borbár

4. OREMUS 6 PUTTONYOS ASZÚ – OREMUS, TOKAJ, 2006, SWEET WHITE WINE

17.80 points

Lovely, ripe, attractive nose with orange, coconut, walnut and raisin. Very rich, delectable wine with several layers of fruit and zesty acidity. Beside the subtle notes of ageing, there’s tobacco, coffee and chocolate with dried apricot on the long, delicious finish. Every sip provides a new discovery – a fabulous desert in itself.

  • Hárslevelű, Furmint, Muskotály, Zéta
  • 16 900 Ft
  • Bortársaság

5. CHATEAU DERESZLA TO­KAJI ASZÚ 6 PUTTONYOS – DERESZLA PINCÉSZET, TOKAJ, 2006, SWEET WHITE WINE

17.70 points

Beautiful, pale golden colour. Slightly restrained nose, oak, mineral, quince aromas, then honey, dried apricot and flowers. Very rich and highly intense palate. Full of fruit, mainly citrus but the flavours of grapes, peach and raisin also appear. A balanced, powerful wine with plenty of flavour and ageing potential. Daring tasters can also try it with a cigar.

  • Furmint, Hárslevelű
  • 16 600 Ft
  • Dereszla Vinotéka (Bodrogkeresztúr), Bor és Más

6. TOKAJI ASZÚ 6 PUTTONYOS – PANNON TOKAJ PINCÉSZET, TOKAJ, 2006, SWEET WHITE WINE

17.50 points

Seriously intense nose that’s reminiscent of quince jelly, alongside the oak and honey notes. A tight and multi-layered wine with great flavours and a lively, exciting palate with zesty acidity. Aged yet still full of freshness. Nice botrytis notes, light citrusy character, with a mineral finish. A perfect partner for a creamy lemon cake.

  • Furmint
  • 6990 Ft
  • CBA

7. SAUSKA TOKAJ 6 PUTTONYOS ASZÚ – SAUSKA TOKAJ, TOKAJ, 2003, SWEET WHITE WINE

17.36 points

A beautiful, deep amber colour. Ripe fig and walnut on the nicely intense, layered nose. Really rich and sweet on the palate, with honey, jam and peach. Oily texture, intense, mouth-filling with nice acidity. Spicy and lingering aftertaste. A plate of goose liver with quince preserve can lift it even higher.

  • Furmint, Hárslevelű
  • 14 900
  • Bortársaság

8. BIRSALMÁS 6 PUTTONYOS ASZÚ – ROYAL TOKAJI BORÁSZAT, TOKAJ, 2007, SWEET WHITE WINE

17.35 points

Sparkling golden colour. Excitingly spicy, mineral nose with tropical fruit, floral and botrytis notes. A rich, layered, flavoursome, well-made, greatly enjoyable wine. Airy and balanced, with creamy, mineral, toffee and spicy notes. Its delicious taste lingers on the palate for a long time.

  • Furmint, Hárslevelű
  • 8890 Ft
  • Bacchus Borkereskedés

9. DOBOGÓ TOKAJI ASZÚ6 PUTTONYOS – DOBOGÓ PINCÉSZET, TOKAJ, 2007, SWEET WHITE WINE

17.25 points

Lively golden colour. Beautiful, elegantly unravelling aszú nose, citrus, orange, cinnamon and mainly apricot with discreet oak. Smooth, oozes oiliness, citrus and apricot on the palate. It’s still in the early stages of its development, but this is certainly a well-made, zesty, light and remarkably delicious wine. It calls for a special dessert alongside.

10. VILLŐ 6 PUTTONYOS TOKAJI ASZÚ – BALASSA ISTVÁN, TOKAJ, 2009, SWEET WHITE WINE

17.22 points

Pale golden colour. Honey, linden, peach and icing sugar on the medium intense, charming and pure nose. It simply enchants us with its aromas. Great use of oak. A rich, flavoursome, creamy wine that’s terrifically enjoyable. Tropical fruit, caramel and nice spicy notes. An unforgettable experience.

  • Furmint
  • 19 500 Ft
  • Bortársaság, Balassa Bor

 

TOP 10 SPARKLING WINES

1. TÖRLEY CHARDONNAY BRUT – TÖRLEY PEZSGŐPINCÉSZET, ETYEK–BUDA, 2011, BRUT SPARKLING WINE

16.16 points

Pale yellow colour, tiny bubbles, intense mousse. Discreet, elegant, floral nose in which notes of ageing also subtly appear. Yeasty, apple character. A light sparkling wine with delicious acidity, citrus, yeast flavours and some bitter sourness on the finish. Light but enjoyable.

  • Chardonnay
  • 3499–3899 Ft
  • Tesco, Auchan, Metro, CBA, Interspar, nagyke­reskedők, gasztronómia

2. LÉGLI RIESLING SEC – LÉGLI OTTÓ, BALATONBOGLÁR, 2009, DRY SPARKLING WINE

16.07 points

Pale greenish lemon colour, with nice bubbles. Great intensity, yeasty, elegant nose. Also well-made on the palate with slightly peppery flavours, but also yeast notes. Enjoyable sparkling wine with great balance between acidity and sugar. Slightly creamy and mineral. Concentrated, rich acidity. Extremely lingering flavours.

  • Riesling
  • 3950 Ft
  • Bortársaság

3. KREINBACHER PRESTIGE BRUT – KREINBACHER BIRTOK, SOMLÓ, NV, BRUT SPARKLING WINE

16.05 points

Beautiful, pale, greenish yellow colour, not too pronounced yet pure and appealing nose with pear and citrus fruit. Harmonious and complex with lots of tiny bubbles. Good acid structure, a mix of citrus and aged notes, peach, pear, green apple flavours. A very long, but slightly bitter finish.

  • Furmint
  • 4300 Ft
  • Bortársaság

4. SAUSKA TOKAJ PEZSGŐ – SAUSKA TOKAJ, TOKAJ, NV, EXTRA BRUT SPARKLING WINE

16.05 points

Pale greenish colour, tiny bubbles, good intensity, elegant, yeasty nose with toast, lime, peach and pear. Nice harmony between maturity and fruitiness. A full wine that’s also well-constructed on the palate, with good acidity and sourness that really suits it, even though it could be lighter. An enjoyable sparkling wine with pure flavours.

  • Furmint, Hárslevelű, Chardonnay
  • 6950 Ft
  • Bortársaság

5. KREINBACHER EXTRA DRY – KREINBACHER BIRTOK, SOMLÓ, NV, EXTRA DRY SPARKLING WINE

16.04 points

Pale golden colour. Medium intensity with subtle yeast, apple, peach and pear aromas. Not too mature but pure and appealing. The palate is rounder with peppery and pear flavours. A slightly sour but flavoursome sparkling wine with some bitterness on the finish. Rich bubbles, delicate mousse, altogether lovable.

  • Furmint, Chardonnay
  • 3200 Ft
  • Bortársaság

6. FRANÇOIS PRESIDENT ROSÉ BRUT – TÖRLEY PEZSGŐPINCÉSZET, ETYEK–BUDA, 2010, BRUT ROSÉ SPARKLING WINE

16.01 points

Lively salmon colour with orange tints. Freshly peeled orange on the nose with discreet yeast notes behind it. Delicious acidity with tiny bubbles that melt in the mouth. Good balance between fruitiness and yeastiness. Slightly creamy and spicy, with nice carbon-dioxide and a long finish. A light sparkling wine for a fabulous Sunday breakfast.

  • Pinot Noir
  • 3249–3999 Ft
  • Metro, CBA, bornagykereskedések, gasztro­nómia

7. CARLA BRUT NATURE – KERTÉSZ CSALÁDI PINCÉSZET, ETYEK–BUDA, 2012, BRUT NATURE ROSÉ SPARKLING WINE

16.00 points

Pale peach colour with orange tints. Discreet yeast on the nose with elegant fruitiness, strawberry, orange and cherry. A delicious sparkling wine with good intensity, lively acidity, and mature notes. Slight creaminess and a touch of a sweet feel on the palate with a bit of bitterness on the finish. Light, fresh, “girly”.

  • Pinot Noir
  • 3000–4000 Ft
  • Kertész Családi Pincészet, vinotékák, gasztro­nómia

8. FRANÇOIS PRESIDENT BRUT – TÖRLEY PEZSGŐPINCÉSZET, ETYEK–BUDA, 2010, BRUT SPARKLING WINE

16.00 points

Pale greenish yellow colour, beautiful, tiny bubbles. Pronounced citrus nose, which is also floral and subtly yeasty. An airy, elegant, harmonious and delicious sparkling wine with lively acidity and quince flavours. Tasty, fresh, with a touch of sourness, citrus and bitterness on the finish, although the residual sugar nicely rounds it out.

  • Chardonnay, Pinot
  • 3249–3999 Ft
  • Tesco, Auchan, Interspar, Spar, Metro, CBA, bornagykereskedések, gasztronómia

9. VINCENT OPTIMUM BRUT – GARAMVÁRI SZŐLŐBIRTOK, BALA­TONBOGLÁR, 2013, BRUT SPARKLING WINE

15.85 points

Silver-white colour with greenish tints and a rich mousse. Fresh, floral, citrusy, “alive”, pronounced nose with a touch of Muscat and tangible yeastiness. Also lively on the palate, fruity rather than aged. A light sparkling wine with crispy acidity, lighter body and a delicious finish that makes it an ideal aperitif.

  • Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc
  • 3600 Ft
  • New York Kávéház, Garamvári Szőlőbirtok Vinotéka

10. HEIMANN ROSÉ DE NOIR PEZSGŐ – HEIMANN PINCE, SZEKSZÁRD, 2011, BRUT NATURE ROSÉ SPARKLING WINE

15.72 points

Pale pink colour, restrained but pure nose in which the fruity notes and those of ageing nicely complement each other. Fresh red fruit on the palate with a touch of maturity and creaminess. A simpler sparking wine with lively acidity, powerful carbon-dioxide and a bit of bitterness on the finish.

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