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Tokaj: How they put the sweet in

Posted by Stephen Meuse  May 9, 2012 07:00 AM

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screenshot_33.jpgAXA is a big French insurance company that also owns a number of important wine properties. The wine part of the business is run by Englishman Christian Seely whose blog I peek in on now and then. I don't normally find it the most interesting writing on the web, since it often has a promotional quality that's rather off-putting. His most recent post explains why it's worth the occasional look in.

It's a four video tour of AXA's Domaine Disznoko property in Hungary where the miraculously luscious Tokaji Aszu is made. The films are each just a few minutes long, but the quality of the content is very high indeed and as an explainer of how the process works it's like nothing I've ever seen.


The short films show the multi-stage, two-month long harvest of shriveled, botrytized grapes, and the vinification and aging of the wine that was once one of the world's most sought-after luxuries and a fixture at the Tsarist and Austro-Hungarian courts.  

The production values are extremely high, though I suggest you click the link that takes you directly to their Youtube channel where you can view in full-screen HD. 

Breaking my heart now that when I was in Hungary three years ago, Tokaj wasn't on the itinerary. 

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Ellen Bhang writes about food and wine and reviews Cheap Eats restaurants for the Globe. Wine is the focus of her degree in the Gastronomy master's program at Boston University. She can be reached at


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