It has long been claimed that Essencia has curative and medical
benefits, and indeed, in the 19th and early 20th century the principle
market for it in English speaking countries was as a kind of revitalizing
tonic, to be given to invalids and the seriously ill by the teaspoonful.
Many eminent doctors of the day attested to its remarkable powers, in
some cases claiming that a single teaspoon of the elixir had literally
restored patients on their deathbed to robust good health.
A sensational opportunity to add one of the greatest dessert wines ever made to your cellar:
Royal Tokaji Company Essencia 2000
This extraordinary wine recently (Mar 2010) received one of the most remarkable Parker reviews ever, which we quote here in full from
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.
Every precious 375ml bottle of the Royal Tokaji Essencia
2000 is presented in a custom designed wooden box, with
brass-plated fittings. Included with the bottle in each box is
a personal presentation card from the directors of the
Royal Tokaji Company, together with a cut glass Tokaji
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Tokaji
Essencia was regarded as so rare and precious that rather
than being served in a glass, a few drops were often
poured into a specially created crystal or mother-of-pearl
spoon like this. No other wine has ever been drunk like
this, but then again, there is no other wine like Tokaji
Click on the button to order one 375ml bottle of Royal Tokaji Essencia 2000 in a wooden presentation box with
glass crystal Tokaji spoon at GBP £365
(at current exchange rates this equates to approximately USD $530 or EUR €440).
The price of £365 INCLUDES worldwide EXPRESS shipping, there are NO additional shipping costs.
We guarantee safe arrival of all bottles, and will replace or refund any parcel lost in transit
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Tokaji Essencia is the most sought after, expensive and rarest type of Tokaji wine. Hand-selected
botrytis-affected berries, which are later needed for Aszú preparation, are gathered into a keg and
kept in it for a couple of days before the Aszú paste is prepared. Due solely to the berries’ own
weight alone, some highly concentrated juice of the finest quality will have accumulated on the
bottom of the keg. This is the free-run juice that Essencia is made from. The fermentation process is
incredibly slow, yielding an alcohol content of between 2 and 4% only after several years. Normally an
Essencia’s residual sugar content is between 400 and 500 grams/litre, but it may surpass 800
grams/litre and a record-breaking 900 grams and more have been measured. One keg containing 25
kilograms of over-ripe Aszu berries produces only between 1 and 1.5 liters of Essencia. (If not sold
individually, Essencia is added to the Aszú wines to improve them yet further).
Because of its enormous sugar content (balanced always though by tremendous acidity), often
syrup-like texture and extremely low alcohol levels, Essencia is not really a wine in the
conventional sense, but rather a unique elixir, the quintessence of the grape, with an almost
supernatural concentration of taste and aroma. It's something that every wine aficionado dreams
of tasting at least once, and to do so is likely to be a life-enhancing and never-forgotten