Yorkshire Times
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Nathan Lane
Wine Correspondent
12:00 AM 15th June 2024

New Ways To Try Wines

Royal Tokaji 'Dry Tokaji' 2021
Restaurant wine lists are a great way to try new and unusual wines. A trip to The Ivy in York to meet an old friend provided just the opportunity to try a less well-known wine from a famous vineyard.

The dessert wine from Hungary's Tokaj-Hegyalja region is prized as some of the best in the world. However, the area is becoming increasingly well-known for its dry white wines.

The region has a rich history, Louis XIV of France described the region’s wines as “The wine of kings and the king of wines”, and Catherine the Great of Russia, stationed soldiers in the region to protect the vineyards and escort the wine to St Petersburg.

The best place to start if you've never tried these wines before is Royal Tokaji. It is one of Hungary's most renowned wineries and was co-founded by wine writer Hugh Johnson. The trademark grape of the area, Furmint, is used to make a fabulously fruity, dry white wine.

If you enjoy Loire Sauvignon Blanc and Chablis, the Royal Tokaji Furmint will provide a treat. The wine showcases a bright, pale straw colour with a delicate bouquet of green apple, citrus, and a hint of minerality.

On the palate, it offers crisp acidity balanced by flavours of ripe pear, lemon zest, and subtle floral notes. It has a clean, lingering finish with a touch of minerality that speaks to its excellent region.

It paired well with fish but would complement pork, seafood, a fresh salad or can be enjoyed on its own.

Royal Tokaji 'Dry Tokaji' 2021 is available from Majestic from £10.99 a bottle.

Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
Our wine enthusiast Nathan lives in Leeds and runs the PR and marketing company Campfire PR.