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2014 Harvest Report – Disznókő (Tokaj)

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After the news from Bordeaux and Burgundy, here are the reports on 2014 from Quinta do Noval, Disznókő and Mas Belles Eaux.

László Mészarós of Disznókő, Tokaj:

« We finished the harvests on the 30th October. We have never finished so early: we have never finished before in October.

Because of the pressure of humidity, we were not able to wait any longer.

The volume produced was very small. We managed a global yield of only 5 hectolitres per hectare. We will have around 500 hl of wines. Only ten days earlier we would not have thought to have produced so little. It is about half of what I would have estimated at the beginning of the harvest.

Fortunately, the majority of the harvest will be made up of Aszú wines, very good, much more marked by Botrytis than usual, and less passerillés.

We have been working with them above all by maceration in made base wines, wines that have finished their fermentation.

It was a very difficult vintage in Tokaj, with a strong Oidium pressure in the summer, and above all an attack of rot (the wrong kind) from the end of August that gave us a lot of trouble. We have to acknowledge that we had too much rain also this autumn.

We began the maceration of the Aszús on the 29th October. After ten days of maceration, we obtained 14 lots in total.

I think we have after all some lovely Aszú wines this year, not very rich, but with a good acidity and freshness and some lovely aromas.”

Read the 2014 Harvest Reports of the other properties :

Harvest Time at Château Pichon Baron

2014 Harvest Report – Château Suduiraut (Sauternes)

2014 Harvest Report – Château Petit-Village (Pomerol)

2014 Harvest Report – Domaine de l’Arlot (Bourgogne)

2014 Harvest Report – Quinta do Noval (Douro)

2014 Harvest Report – Mas Belles Eaux (Languedoc)

2014 Harvest in our properties: Conclusion

Selection and Blending Tokaj Disznókő 2011 (Video)

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In February, I spent a few days in Disznókő, our hungarian vineyard, for blending session with the local team. It is a crucial moment to define the style we want in our wines. I really like this 2011 vintage and I think it is one of the greatest vintage we have ever made at Disznókő.

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Disznókő vineyard
Disznókő vineyard

The vintage of 2012 at Disznókő – Tokaj

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Start of botrytisation, September 17th

Here in Bordeaux harvest has just begun. We will speak further about the potential of the reds next week. The subject today is the great “vins liquoreux” of Sauternes and Tokaj. At Château Suduiraut we are waiting for the arrival of the Botrytis, with an excellent quality potential on the vines. The absence of Botrytis so far is actually quite positive in Bordeaux: it means we have been able to take our time with the reds and give them some extra days ripening before beginning the harvest. So I am sure the team at Château Suduiraut will understand if I say that we can still wait a few more days before Botrytis conditions arrive, so that we can bring in what looks like an excellent red wine harvest before beginning in Sauternes.

However, in Tokaj, they have already begun, and have harvested some seriously good aszú berries. László Mészáros, the talented Director of Disznókő, has matters well in hand, and sent me over the attached analysis of the harvest until today, which I hope will give you a picture of how the year has been in Tokaj, and how things are going so far. All the signs are encouraging!

Christian Seely

The situation for the vintage 2012 is, at the moment, very similar to that of 2011. There has been:

- an extremely hot and dry summer

- early ripening, but a very slow settling of Botrytis and development of botrytised berries.

Winter was mild but it lasted for a relatively long time. Bud break was late, starting on 23rd April but, because of the hot and dry late spring, blossoming was earlier than usual, at the end of May.

The summer was extremely hot and dry, reaching nearly 40 ˚C several times.
By the end of August the grapes were almost already ripe.

The first day of the harvest for Dry Furmint, September 10th

The grapes for dry wines were harvested from the 10th to the 13th of September, earlier than ever. We picked very ripe and healthy grapes, with still remarkably fresh acidity. Most have just completed their fermentation, producing well-balanced and fresh wines with good acidity.

The Botrytis arrived very slowly on the Furmint grapes and resulted in the first aszú grapes being ready to pick by the 11th of September.

Furmint Aszu grapes, September 13th

These bunches are the result of a particularly fine botrysation along with intense shriveling, or passerillage, of the Furmint grapes.

Zéta on 28th August

Oddly, the Zeta vines, always the first to provide remarkable quantity of aszú grapes, have remained healthy till today (beginning of October).

Botrytisation develops, September 27th

The rains that arrived in mid-September have intensified the development of Botrytis on the Furmint.

Aszu grape picking, September 13th

The harvesting of aszú grapes is underway. We are collecting aszú berries that are particularly fine and concentrated in the central slopes on the west side.

László Mészáros

Muscat aszu grapes, September 11thFurmint aszu grapes, September  11th


The wonderful world of Tokaji Aszú at Domaine Disznókő

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Today I would like to invite you to experience the wonderful world of Tokaji Aszú wines with a virtual visit to our property in Hungary, Domaine Disznókő. Everything about these great historic wines is unique: the individual harvesting berry by berry of grapes that are botrytised or dessicated to the extreme; the vinification based on the maceration of the noble grapes in must or in wine, which enables the winemaker to determine the richness and the balance of the wine; the ageing of the wines in barrel in deep caves dug out of the volcanic rock. To visit Disznókő during harvest time is a bewitching experience, and this remarkable series of short videos featuring Laszlo Meszaros, the presiding spirit and managing director of Disznókő, gives something of the feeling of the magical quality of these great wines, and of the devoted attention that is necessary to produce them.

The Harvest :

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The unique vinification of Tokaji Aszú:

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The magic of the botrytis :

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Eszencia :

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Disznókő sous la neige