PatriciusWebsite : www.patricius.hu/
Could these vineyards be some of the oldest in the world? On the same latitude as Chablis, Tokaji experiences a much warmer climate because of its central European location and the sheltering Carpathian Mountains to the north, west and east. This, together with the influence of the Tisza and Bodrog rivers, produces the magic combination of humid nights and warm, fine autumns which result in such fantastic sweet wines from botrytis grapes, similar to Sauternes.
Patricius is very much the new kid on the block, bursting onto the scene in 2005 with a succession of medals, awards and rapturous endorsement. Deszö Kékessy was an Hungarian exile during Communism, who returned to his beloved Tokaji having established a successful business in Switzerland. Little by little he has acquired 150 hectares of the very best vineyards, built a fabulous new winery and employed top winemaker Péter Molnár. Deszö’s daughter and son-in-law run what he has established as a true legacy for his family. The attention to detail is breathtaking: re-planting and even re-orienting rows of vines where necessary, and upholding a standard of perfection in both vine-growing and winemaking which is evident in the quality of the wines, which display exquisite elegance and class, with a fine tension between complex fruit and honey flavours, minerality and rapier-like acidity.
Other wines by this producer
Smoky and honeyed aromas with hints of peach and apple. Richly sweet on the palate with notes of barley and lemon and an appetising freshness.
Fresh and light white with walnut, almond and mint aromas and flavours with hints of honey. Complex with a long finish.
Medium-bodied sweet wine with notes of vanilla and caramel. Lightly sweet showing flavours of orange and white chocolate on a lightly spiced background.