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Red wine 2017 Balatonfüred-Csopak dry "Cuvée X", Balaton (Plattensee), Hungary

Type: Red wine
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Price: 15.95 €
Bottle closure: Screw cap
Maturing: stainless steel
Registration number: #10146297-X

Wine Review Report:

wein.plus rating: very good (86 WP) What our ratings mean
Last reviewed: 29 July, 2020
Editor note: Slightly greasy paprika aroma with blackberry aromas, some cherries and earthy and herbal nuances. Clear, ripe, quite juicy, straight fruit with nutty and very delicately toasted wood notes, fine, crumbly tannin, some bite, good persistence, slight warmth, floral traces, not eternally deep, good to very good finish
The wine-growing area in Hungary is located at the eastern end of the northern shore of Lake Balaton (Balaton). The vineyards on slate, sand and limestone, due to iron oxide reddish soil, cover about 2,300 hectares of vineyard area. The area is divided into two areas named after the main towns, the wines of Balatonfüred are richer in alcohol. The main grape varieties are Chardonnay, Olaszrizling (Welschriesling), Ottonel Muskotály (Muscat Ottonel), Rajniarizling (Rhine Riesling), Rizlingszilváni (Müller-Thurgau), Sauvignon Blanc, Tramini and Zweigelt. Well known producers are Figula Mihály and Jásdi István.

Lake Balaton (Balaton) in Hungary is with 591 km² the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe, which is also called "the sea of Hungary". Already the Celts and Romans were cultivating wine here at the turn of time. The area is also considered to be one of the most beautiful landscapes in Hungary. Especially the northern shore with its sheltered location and excellent sunshine is perfectly suited for viticulture. The large body of water has a positive regulating influence on the climate. The soil is a combination of sand and peculiar volcanic cones, the most famous of which is Badacsony. Mainly white wines are produced here, the most common...

Hungary has a very old viticultural culture, as wines from Sopron and Eger were already a household name in the 13th century. The Greeks introduced viticulture to Hungary from the southeast up the Danube and its tributary the Tisza, and the Romans from the west across the Pannonian Plain to Lake Balaton. Despite Hun, Vandal, Goth, Tartar and Ottoman invasions over many centuries, wine was always grown in this area. Even the Ottomans, who occupied most of the country for about 160 years, did not suppress viticulture despite the ban on alcohol, gladly collected the taxes for it, but development was inhibited during that time. According to a...

The red grape variety originates from France. There are about 60 synonyms; some grouped alphabetically by country are Franzosenrebe (Germany); Kaberne Sovinjon, Kaberne Sovinyon, Lafit, Lafite (Bulgaria, Moldova, Russia); Bidure, Bouchet, Bouchet Sauvignon, Breton, Cabernet Petit, Carbonet, Carbouet, Carmenet, Castet, Enfin, Epicier Noir, Marchoupet, Navarre, Petit Bouchet, Petit Bouschet, Petit Cabernet, Petit Cavernet Sauvignon, Petite Vidure, Sauvignon, Sauvignonne, Vidure, Vidure Sauvignonne, Vigne Dure (France); Bordo (Romania); Bordeaux (Switzerland); Burdeos Tinto...

The red grape variety comes from France. The name is probably derived from the French word for blackbird (merle), because these birds like to nibble on the very sweet berries when fully ripe. However, the name can also be an allusion to the black-blue colouring of the berries similar to that of the bird. There are more than 60 synonyms, which testify the worldwide distribution. The most important are Alicante Noir, Begney, Bigney, Bigney Rouge, Bini, Black Alicante, Blue Merlot, Bordò, Cabernet del Cleto, Crabutet, Crabutet Noir, Crabutet Noir Merlau, Hebigney, Higney, Médoc Noir, Merlau, Merlot Black, Merlot Blue, Merlot Crni,...

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