Could these vineyards be some of the oldest in the world? On the same latitude as Chablis, Tokaji experiences a much warmer climate because of its central European location and the sheltering Carpathian Mountains to the north, west and east. This, together with the influence of the Tisza and Bodrog rivers, produces the magic combination of humid nights and warm, fine autumns which result in such fantastic sweet wines from botrytis grapes, similar to Sauternes.

Patricius is very much the new kid on the block, bursting onto the scene since 2005 with a succession of medals, awards and rapturous endorsement.

Deszö Kékessy was an Hungarian exile during Communism, who returned to his beloved Tokaji having established a successful business in Switzerland. Little by little he has bought 150ha of the very best vineyards, built a fabulous new winery and employed top winemaker Péter Molnár. Deszö’s daughter and son in law run what he has established as a true legacy for his family.

The attention to detail is breathtaking: re-planting and even re-orienting rows of vines where necessary, and upholding a standard of perfection in both vinegrowing and winemaking which is evident in the quality of the wines, which display exquisite elegance and class, with a fine tension between complex fruit and honey flavours, minerality and rapier-like acidity.

And what are Puttonyos? Don’t be concerned – this refers to the number of tubs of sweet, botrytised unctuous grapes added to each barrel of dry, fermented wine.


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  1. Patricius, Tokaji Aszu, 6 Puttonyos (50cl)

    Exotic and spicy, with apricot jam and marmalade notes, this has gorgeous balance between luscious sweetness and vibrant freshness. Drinking beautifully now.

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  2. Patricius Dry Furmint, Tokaji

    Absolutely superb and fabulous-value dry white.  Chablis-like in structure, it displays expressive aromas of lemon zest, peach and honey.

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  3. Patricius Late Harvest Tokaji, Katinka (37.5cl)

    Lightly sweet, with dried orange, tobacco and white chocolate. Learn More