Unlike the world’s great red wines which are also capable of long cellaring Tokaji Azsu wines are also delicious on release.
The high levels of sugar and acidity also make for wines capable of long-term ageing. In the correct conditions bottles can continue to evolve and develop for decades and there are many accounts of exceptionally old bottles being opened and enjoyed.
In 1925 a remarkable cache of old wines was unearthed and purchased by Berry Brothers. Their 1927 price list includes early 19th century vintages 'from the princely house of Bretzenheim which became extinct in 1863'.