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Tokaj Classification


#1

Hi everyone,

I had the chance to have a call with someone from Tokaj lately and he explained to me the classification, but it was not very clear to me, is there any Grand Cru or Premier Cru in this region?

If it is the case, do you know any good value Tokaj?

Thanks for your help


#2

This is a good place to start


#3

Yes, I’ve never been disappointed by Royal Tokaji Company. If you want a sampler, I think I’ve seen the teeny tiny bottles by RTC in Waitrose. Better hope hope no one asks to share though!

As far as classification goes, I’m not aware of Premier / Grand Cru regions, but I might be completely wrong. It was a while back, but I seem to remember finding this podcast quite interesting (especially the crystal teaspoons).

Just a hunch, but @szaki1974 might have a bit more light to throw on the subject.


#4

Thanks for this podcast I will definitely listen it


#5

There is no Grand Cru - Premier Cru style official classification for the vineyards in Tokaj. However, there are historical unofficial classifications of the vineyards from the 18th and 19th centuries. The classification is mainly important for dry wines as most aszü is not single vineyard (the importance of aszú might be the biggest reason why the classification remained unofficial).

There are of course lieu dit that are better regarded, like for example Úrágya, Betsek or Szent Tamás. This is a very short and somewhat random list… but as a rule of thumb single vineyard single varietal wines of the best producers is what you should be looking for when buying dry Tokaji.

There are strict rules regarding the following styles of wine: tokaji aszú, tokaji esszencia, tokaji fodítás and also what you can label as minőségi (quality). In addition, there are only six grapes that you can make wine of in Tokaj without limitation (there is a long list that can be planted for research with the appropriate license), these are Furmint that all know of and the others noone ever (exaggerating) heard of: Hárslevelű, Kabar, Sárga muskotály, Zéta and Kövérszőlő.