Ask Sid: Royal Tokaji Essencia

March 14th, 2018
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Ask Sid: Royal Tokaji Essencia

Question: I have been gifted a bottle of Royal Tokaji Essencia. Should it be consumed the day it is opened or will it keep well after opening?

Answer: What a treat you have there! Fond nostalgic memories of visiting some of those old cellars with the black moldy walls and drinking the exquisite 1964. Wonder what vintage you have. The only 6 years declared by RT are 2008, 2007 2003, 2000, 1999, and 1993. Amazing free run juice of Essencia (takes 20 kilograms of botryized aszu grapes to produce one 375 ml half bottle) has a long slow fermentation over several years resulting in unique very low alcohol with residual sugar over the moon and the highest acidity. Best enjoyed by the small cherished spoonful! It is more like a Madeira or Chateau-Chalon vin jaune oxidative style from the Jura rather than a normal table wine. It should keep very well and for a long time after opening retaining that original freshness and complex exotica. Just out of extra precaution I would pour it into smaller bottles as the level in the original bottle goes down and keep it cold in the frig. Enjoy over many special memorable occasions.

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March 14th, 2018

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