Might I suggest a visit to Aldi?

This looks very much like a bargain:

Among the high-end wines is Chateau Pajzos Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos 2008, a rare and highly regarded Hungarian dessert wine priced at £18.99.

OK, not everyone likes dessert wines etc. But that does look like a bargain.

And for those who don’t know, Tokay is graded in “puts”. Goes from zero to seven, zero to three (hmm, might be zero to two) not really ever being seen in public. 4 and 5 get better and 7 is known as Angel’s Tears (although you’d have to be very lucky indeed to get to taste 7 Puttonyos) as when some is passed over the lips of a corpse, as if the angels were weeping over it, that corpse gets up and walks.

6 puts is usually a very fine wine indeed. Traditionally, way back when, regarded as the equal or better of Chateau Yquem and the like.

If you’ve not tried it then I recommend you do.

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8 thoughts on “Might I suggest a visit to Aldi?”

  1. Tim

    Depends on whether you like Tokaji. I really like Sauternes, sweet Alsace and German Eiswein* and Beerenauslese. For some reason Tokaji just doesnt do it for me.

    *and Canadian Eiswein

  2. Lidl’s “Wine Cellar” promotion also seems have been pretty good. When they cleared out their September range the other week, we picked up a couple of bottles of Chateau du Cauze Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2011 for £4.99 a bottle (reduced from the original £12.99 each). No, it’s not a 2009 or a 2010, but if put down for a few years, I’m expecting it to be quite enjoyable.

  3. Just came back from Hungary. Don’t like sweet wine, but they gave me the most astonishingly good dry reds in Budapest restaurants. I just asked my local wine merchant why he doesn’t stock good Hungarian wines. He says it’s because production lots in Hungary are too small.

  4. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Under 20 quid for a bottle of Tokay is a steal. To this day the most expensive bottle of wine I ever bought retail was a 6 puttonyos Tokay as a Christmas present for my father in 1990 or so. It was very, very good though. I still remember the look on his face when he unwrapped it, and later when he tasted it.

  5. Tokaji has undergone the phenomenon of number inflation. 4 puttonyos used to be the norm with 5 rolled out as an exceptional thing. These days 6 seems to be the norm which is sad as 3 or 4 was less syrupy and much more quaffable back in the day.

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