2009 The Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Essencia

Proprietary Blend - 375ML
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WE 100 JS 99 VN 99
WE 100

Wine Enthusiast, January 2023

Ethereal aromas of peach nectar, apricot preserves, orange zest and candied almonds waft from the glass. Full texture and luscious flavors of caramelized pineapple, orange marmalade, honeycomb, ripe summer peach, and...
JS 99

jamessuckling.com, August 2022

Wine does not get more concentrated, dense and viscous than this Tokaji Essencia, but alongside the unctuous sweetness, it also has extraordinary freshness. The fruit aromas range from blood to quince jelly, but there’s...
VN 99

Vinous, August 2022

The 2009 Tokaji Essencia comes in 1,386 individual red lacquer hand-crafted boxes containing a 375ml bottle and an obligatory hand-blown glass spoon, which is not there for decorative purposes. It does enhance imbibement...


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Hungary
Vintage 2009
Size 375ML
Percent alcohol 2%
Closure Cork

The 2009 The Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Essencia is a truly exceptional white wine from Hungary. With a stunningly low alcohol content of just 2.0%, this wine is a testament to the craftsmanship and dedication of The Royal Tokaji Wine Co.

In appearance, this wine is a beautiful golden hue, gleaming in the glass. Its label is elegant and understated, allowing the wine to speak for itself. A cork closure adds a touch of tradition and authenticity.

On the nose, the aromas are incredibly concentrated and complex. Notes of blood, quince jelly, and a plethora of spices dance together, creating a sensory symphony. Undertones of flowers and forest honey add a delicate sweetness, enhancing the overall bouquet.

The palate is where this wine truly shines. Despite its unctuous sweetness, the Essencia maintains an extraordinary freshness that sets it apart. The flavors of fig, marmalade, demerara, and quince are prominent, with hints of desiccated orange peel and syrup adding layers of complexity. The acidity is vibrant, providing balance and preventing the sweetness from becoming overwhelming.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 99 points, praising its concentration, density, and viscosity. He describes the finish as "Titanic brulee," further emphasizing the wine's immense character and depth.

Vinous also awarded the 2009 Tokaji Essencia a score of 99 points. The reviewer notes the wine's bashful nose, gradually revealing scents of fresh fig, Medjool dates, Seville orange marmalade, and Clementines. The palate is described as unctuous yet weightless, with wonderful precision and a harmonious finish.

Wine Enthusiast gives this wine a perfect score of 100 points, highlighting its ethereal aromas of peach nectar, apricot preserves, orange zest, and candied almonds. The full texture and luscious flavors of caramelized pineapple, honeycomb, and ripe summer peach are balanced by vibrant acidity.

With only 1,386 half-bottles produced, the 2009 The Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Essencia is truly a rare and special wine. It is a wine that will continue to evolve and delight for many years to come, making it a worthy addition to any wine lover's collection.