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What kind of wine is this? Fascinating Tokaj, which crosses centuries and borders. Tsars seduced, kings enamoured, queens conquered, but also writers, composers, connoisseurs and gourmets. Hungarians of course. They, the first ones, have always known that Tokaj is not a wine like the others, and all this thanks to the Aszú, picked since the 17th century by the men and women of the region. It is this that fascinated Samuel Tinon and his wife Mathilde. Samuel 'bit into it' in 1991, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1993, Mathilde interviewed him in the middle of the grape harvest when he was director of the first mixed company in the region. He learned very quickly to select the best Aszú, to recognize the different vintages, to communicate with all the actors of the region, from the former cellar masters of the state farms to the local craftsmen and mayors. Then they travelled. And they found each other. In 1998, Samuel bought a house in Olaszliszka, in the heart of the region. At their wedding, a year later, they served their family and friends a Tokaji Aszú 1981. Tokaj never left them. They came back, again and again. By 2000, the vines were bursting with Aszú. Samuel said: "I want these grapes in my cellar". And so it began... From the top of their vineyard, the Hungarian plain unfolds, immense and majestic. It is located in the Határi region and in the municipality of Olaszliszka. It is all in one piece, facing south on the slopes of the Zemplén, and slopes from 30% to 40% in its upper part. Cultivated on stakes, it allows the harvesting of grapes of good maturity. The majority of the grapes are furmint, supplemented by hárslevelű.Since 1991, Samuel has travelled the length and breadth of the Tokaj vineyards. This knowledge of the terroirs and the people, as well as the best plots, has encouraged him to create trustworthy partnerships with winegrowers in the region. The Aszú grapes are then bought on the vine. As in Champagne, it is the blending of multiple vintages, different grape styles and terroirs that makes the complexity of the wines he produces. Since 2012, this partnership has been extended to non-botrytised grapes, picked at the beginning of the harvest. In this way, Samuel wanted to show the differences between the crus and the terroirs. He therefore chose beautiful plots in agreement with the winegrower who works his vineyard with care. The range of wines started with Szent-Tamás, Kasás, Megyer and Határi. Today, Samuel is a reference among the few small local estates and is reinventing the old Tokaj in all its versions with a touching involvement.

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