Royal Tokaji
Royal Tokaji
COMPANY PIONEER HERITAGE VINEYARDS QUALITY ELIXIR ETERNAL PLEASURE
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ESSENCIA 2000
The Original Legend
 
Royal Tokaji Essencia 2000 erobertparker.com
This extraordinary wine received one of the most remarkable Parker reviews ever, which we quote here in full from RobertParker.com:
 
Oh. My. God. Those are the three words you will utter as this ultra-gloopy nectar seems to stick itself to the sides of your glass. Coming in at a - drum-roll please - 2.1% ABV, it has a sensational bouquet that is so pure and visceral with orange liqueur, white flowers, passion fruit, marmalade, quince jus and apricots, then in the background - warm gingerbread! The palate is fat, viscous, thick and syrupy, struck through with razor-sharp acidity that makes this super-rare Essencia the real deal. It will outlast you and I, trust me. Brilliant. 2,050 375mls bottled in September 2007. Drink now-3000. - Tasted October 2009. 100 points.
 
The most remarkable part of this Parker review is not the score - 100 points - or the ecstatic opening phrase ("Oh. My. God."). It's the closing phrase: "Drink now - 3000". This is not a misprint. Is the reviewer seriously suggesting this wine has a potential lifespan of 990 years? Well, no doubt there's an element of hyperbole here, but Essencia of this quality is almost immortal. Bottles approaching 300 years old have been opened and found to be superb. We simply don't know what the lifespan of a wine like this, properly stored, is, but it is undoubtedly to be measured not in decades, but in centuries.
 
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