Kiralyudvar Winery

Kiralyudvar Wines

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Country of Origin: Hungary
Location: Tokaj, Northern Hungary
People: Anthony Hwang, Owner | Szabolcs Juhasz, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

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Kiralyudvar Winery 2015 Pezsgo Brut Methode Traditionnelle, Henye, Tokaj Login WA 92 <1 Case
Kiralyudvar Winery 2016 Furmint Sec, Tokaj Login WA 92 In Stock
Kiralyudvar Winery (500 ml) 2010 'Cuvee Ilona' Late Harvest, Tokaj Login WS 91 WA 96 In Stock
Kiralyudvar Winery (500 ml) 2007 Aszu 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj Login WA 96
Kiralyudvar Winery (500 ml) 2012 'Cuvee Patricia' Muscat, Tokaj Login WS 90 IWC 92-93 WA 93 In Stock

Hungary's Tokaj had been a prestigious wine region for hundreds of years, but fell into neglect during the 20th century. After the fall of communism, numerous groups invested in rehabilitating this nearly forgotten region. The most sagacious of these investors was Tony Hwang. In 1997, he partnered with the region's most eminent winemaker, István Szepsy, and, together, they rebuilt the historic Királyudvar estate into possibly Tokaj's finest modern practitioner.

Tony Hwang’s purchase of Kiràlyudvar resulted from a visit to Budapest that year, when he drank a Tokaji Aszú recommended by a sommelier. The wine, with its profound identity and razor-sharp balance, made such an impression that Tony drove more than 200 kilometers the next day to Tokaj, where he discovered Kiràlyudvar (pronounced Kee-RYE-oohd-var).

Just a few months after his visit, Tony purchased this estate, which for centuries had supplied Imperial wine to the Hapsburgs. The famed Tokaj winemaker Ivan Szepsy became Tonys partner, helping him rehabilitate the vineyards, while the château itself was rebuilt.

With time, Szepsy departed, and Tony assumed the reins full-time. Along the way, he was counseled by Noël Pinguet of the Loire Valley's greatest Vouvray producer, Domaine Huët, of which Tony is also a partner. Noël’s collaboration would prove invaluable, particularly his advice to convert the estate to biodynamic viticulture.

Today, Tony is rekindling the legacy of this providential wine region. But hes not stopping there, having recognized, that Tokajs historic grape varieties, with their viscous intensity and bright acidity, could produce world-class dry, demi-sec, and sparkling wines

"My enchantment with Tokaji wine and its renowned place in the history of the wine world led me down a wonderful path to Királyudvar. Together with my family, I made a commitment to the Tokaj region and secured the company's first ten hectare parcel, which eventually led to our first vintage wine, the '98 dessert Aszú." - Anthony Hwang

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  • Kiralyudvar (500 ml) 2012 'Cuvee Patricia' Muscat, Tokaj
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (12/15/2015)

    Medium-sweet, this white offers immediate appeal, exhibiting honey, apricot, beeswax, spice and mineral flavors. Stays fresh, elegant and vibrant on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2020.
  • Kiralyudvar (500 ml) 2012 'Cuvee Patricia' Muscat, Tokaj
    International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 92-93 (6/1/2014)

    Lovely floral high tones lift aromas of orange blossom, lime, linden tea and spices on the inviting nose. Very sweet but sappy on the palate, with harmonious ripe acidity giving elegance to the juicy mid-palate. Juhász ages this wine in ten-year-old 500- and 200-liter barrels because he does not want to add tannins or oaky flavors. This reminded me of a perfectly balanced sweet wine from Alsace.
  • Kiralyudvar (500 ml) 2010 'Cuvee Ilona' Late Harvest, Tokaj
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (6/15/2019)

    This strikes an intriguing balance between the lip-smacking frame of acidity and the rich profile of roasted nut, lemon confit, honeycomb and candied papaya flavors. Long and lingering on the finish, offering more nut hints, with smoke and spice accents. Drink now through 2025.
  • Kiralyudvar (500 ml) 2010 'Cuvee Ilona' Late Harvest, Tokaj
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 96 (5/31/2019)

    The 2010 Tokaji Cuvée Ilona is a noble late-harvest cuvée that blends 55% Furmint, 34% Hárslevel? and 11% Muskotály from the crus Danczka, Nyúlászó, Percze and Becsek. Vinified in 225-liter oak barrels and bottled with 11.5% alcohol (and 109 grams of residual sugar meeting 11 grams of total acidity and a pH of 3.07), this medium-intense amber colored Tokaji opens with a delicate, dark and spicy-flavored nose full of tobacco leaves, carrots, dried apricot and Muscat aromas. The wine is intense yet pure and fresh on the palate, with slicing acidity, almost bitter stone fruits and persistent concentration and power. It's an energetic, highly tensioned but linear and elegant 2010 with mouthwatering salinity in the finish. This 2010 is precise and long as a laser sword and has the potential to age for decades. Like the very best German wines from this vintage, this Ilona reminds me of the (Mosel and Rhine) 1921 vintage due to the combination of concentration, purity and razor-sharp acidity. It will probably never die (or at least not as fast as we all will). Mind that the 1921s are still vital like the best agers.
  • Kiralyudvar 2015 Pezsgo Brut Methode Traditionnelle, Henye, Tokaj
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (5/31/2019)

    The 2015 Tokaji Pezsg? Henye Brut is a rich, intense, full-bodied blend of 70% Furmint and 30% Hárslevel?, and this recent release combines super ripe, concentrated fruit with mineral depth and structure as well as the refreshing elegance and finesse of a great sparkling wine. It is a mouth-filling and generous wine with power and intensity as well as perfectly balanced, refreshing and refined creamy texture. It's impressively long and salty with refreshing but concentrated fruit.
  • Kiralyudvar (500 ml) 2007 Aszu 6 Puttonyos, Tokaj
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 96 (5/31/2019)

    The 2007 Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos blends 70% Furmint with 30% Hárslevel?. The orange-amber colored wine is intense but bright, clear and even floral (a sea of lime blossoms!) on the initially spicy-flinty and slightly oaky nose. Sweet, lush and generous on the palate, this is a concentrated, refined and structured Aszú with good grip, minty flavors and a nicely astringent finish with some bitters. The 2007 was vinified in 500-liter Hungarian oak barrels for 24 months.
  • Kiralyudvar (500 ml) 2012 'Cuvee Patricia' Muscat, Tokaj
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (5/31/2019)

    The golden, sightly orange colored 2012 Tokaji Cuvée Patrícia is unmistakably Muscat (Muskotály in Hungarian), a floral, ethereal Tokaji noble late-harvest wine entirely sourced in the Danczka vineyard with its characteristic heavy clay soils. On the palate, this is such a delicate, fresh and light-footed sweet wine—10% alcohol—with amazing finesse and After-Eight notes. The tannins are nobly bitter yet fine and grippy, and the dark chocolate flavors intermixed with dark mint flavors are just fabulous. The finish is long, firm, salty and full of mineral tension but also finesse. This Muscat is like Mozart's Night Serenade: playful but seriously seductive. The wine was fermented and aged for seven months in 225-liter Hungarian oak barrels.
  • Kiralyudvar 2016 Furmint Sec, Tokaj
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (5/31/2019)

    Sourced in top vineyards such as Percze, Henye, Becsek and Nyulászó, the golden-yellow 2016 Tokaji Furmint Sec (with 10% Hárslevel?) offers a super delicate and pure yet intense and honey-scented nose with floral and stony aromas. Fermented and aged in 500-liter Hungarian oak barrels, this is a medium-bodied yet intense and structured dry Tokaji with vivacious acidity, lots of tannin grip and mineral tension. There is a perfect touch of (a few grams of) sweetness that makes this tensioned 2016 round and sexy but also dense. An impressive dry Tokaji that is purer and leaner than the sweeter and more concentrated 2008 tasted next to it!