Royal Tokaji
Royal Tokaji
Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum
Royal Tokaji King Louis XIV
Vinnum Regnum, Rex Vinorum
The Wine of Kings, the King of Wines King Louis XIV (1638 ~ 1715)
Tokaji was served at the French Royal court at Versailles, where it became known as Tokay. Delighted with the precious beverage, Louis XV of France offered a glass of Tokaji to Madame de Pompadour, referring to it as “Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum” (“Wine of Kings, King of Wines”).
Emperor Franz Josef had a tradition of sending Queen Victoria Tokaji Aszú wine, as a gift, every year on her birthday, one bottle for every month she had lived, twelve for each year. On her eighty first and final birthday in 1900, this totaled an impressive 972 bottles. In a continuation of this tradition we were honoured to present a case of Royal Tokaji to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
Tokaji wine received accolades from numerous great writers and composers including Beethoven, Liszt, Schubert, Johann Strauss, Goethe, Heinrich Heine, Friedrich von Schiller, Voltaire and Bram Stoker. The composer Joseph Haydn's favorite wine was Tokaji.
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Left to right: Thomas Jefferson, Ludwig van Beethoven, Louis XV,
Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.
Besides Louis XIV, several other European monarchs are known to have been keen consumers of the wine. Louis XV & Frederick the Great tried to outdo one another when they entertained guests with Tokaji. Napoleon III, the last Emperor of France, ordered 30-40 barrels of Tokaji at the French Royal Court every year. Gustav III, King of Sweden, loved Tokaji.
In Russia, the Imperial Court imported large quantities of the very finest Tokaji and the wine became closely associated with the Romanov dynasty. Customers included Peter the Great and Empress Elizabeth, while Catherine the Great actually established a Russian garrison in the town of Tokaj with the aim of assuring regular wine deliveries to St. Petersburg.
Thomas Jefferson was another to seek out these wines. From merchant adventurer J. Erich Bollman, President Jefferson purchased an assortment of Hungarian wines at the highest price, per bottle, he ever paid for wine. Included were thirty-six bottles of the famous Tokay.
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