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Királyudvar | Tokaj-Hegyalja
Tony Hwang's purchase of Kiràlyudvar resulted from a visit to Budapest that year, when he drank a Tokaji Aszú recommended by a sommelier. The wine, with its profound identity and razor-sharp balance, made such an impression that Tony drove more than 200 kilometers the next day to Tokaj, where he discovered Kiràlyudvar (pronounced Kee-RYE-oohd-var).
Just a few months after his visit, Tony purchased this estate, which for centuries had supplied Imperial wine to the Hapsburgs. The famed Tokaj winemaker Ivan Szepsy became Tony's partner, helping him rehabilitate the vineyards, while the château itself was rebuilt.
With time, Szepsy departed, and Tony assumed the reins full-time. Along the way, he was counseled by Noël Pinguet of the Loire Valley's greatest Vouvray producer, Domaine Huët, of which Tony is also a partner. Noël's collaboration would prove invaluable, particularly his advice to convert the estate to biodynamic viticulture.
A New Era at Kiràlyudvar
Today, Tony is rekindling the legacy of this providential wine region. But he's not stopping there, having recognized, that Tokaj's historic grape varieties, with their viscous intensity and bright acidity, could produce world-class dry, demi-sec, and sparkling wines, including:
Peszgő "Henye"- Inspired by Huët's revered Pétillant, Tony introduced this fascinating sparkling wine in 2007.
Furmint Sec - Also introduced in '05, this innovative dry wine wondrously balances Furmint's viscous intensity and bright acidity.
"Cuvée Ilona" - Another Tony Hwang innovation - named for his wife Evelyn - Ilona is a versatile botrytized wine of the highest order.
"Cuvée Patrícia" - Made only in special years, this stunning dessert wine is made from the locally rare Yellow Muscat and named for Tony's daughter who suggested this wine.
Aszú 6 Puttonyos - Aszú dessert wines are Tokaj's most historic, made when botrytized grapes are collected individually and pressed gently under their own weight. In most cases, the Aszú berries are macerated with the juice from non-botrytized grapes. The estate's classic Aszú wine shows tremendous richness. Balance is maintained by knife-edged acidity.
Aszú 6 Puttonyos "Lapis" - The Lapis vineyard is one of Tokaji's Grand Cru vineyards sites. Its dessert wine, produced only in exceptional years, rivals the greatest Sauternes.
Esszencia - Made solely from the free run juice from the Aszú, Esszencia is the wine of the kings, believed to bestow great longevity on those lucky enough to sip this nectar.