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2013 Harslevelu, Megyer

2013 Harslevelu, Megyer
ref. MEGY130 NOV15

Wine Variety: Harslevelu is believed to have originated in Hungary, where it is used to produce everything from dry to fully sweet wines. The name means lime leaf, possibly referring to the aromatic character of the wine it produces. It is blended with Furmint to produce the great wines of Tokaji.

Wine Region: We're in north-east Hungary here and the oldest classified vineyards in the world (denominated in 1700). World renowned in the 17th and, especially, 18th centuries, the wines of this region fell from favour in the 20th century, particularly during the Soviet occupation, when quantity was prioritised over quality.

Wine Producer: Château Megyer and its sister company Pajzos were among the first to be privatised following Soviet occupation in 1991. The soils here are heavy volcanic clay and the Megyer wines produced from them are made in large cellars under the castle at Rakoczi. Both Pajzos and Megyer are owned by Jean-Louis Lagorde, owner of Château Clinet in Pomerol. 

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Style
Style:
Dry White - rich
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Harslevelu
  Producer
Producer:
Megyer
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
9°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13.5%
  Country
Country:
Hungary
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2017
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Tokaj
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Pale and very clear, lime-tinged lemon. Curious nose that tries its best to defy description! There’s a wealth of citrus interest here, especially lemon. But there’s also something more exotic: slightly underripe mango, perhaps. And there’s a great deal of what one could call minerality: a sort of spicy earthiness. A touch of the russet apple, too. The palate kicks off crisp and clean, but in short order the crisp fruit is joined by an extraordinary earthy texture that continues throughout the remainder of the long palate. It finishes in a crunchy, crisp flourish, the green orange acidity making the after-effect really juicy. Great, dense sustain of the earthy sort. Lots of extract and density. Very long. Most unusual wine. I really like it, but there’s stuff going on that I find very hard to put into words. Food wine.

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