Château Pajzos, Tokaji Furmint 2009, Hungary ($12.75 at SAQ)
I was in the market for some good value (in other words, inexpensive) white on a recent trip to the SAQ, and this label caught my eye. I recognized it from a post by Vincent on Bu du Quebec and decided to go for it. Something different at a very affordable price – why not?
A grape variety that’s come to characterize the region, Furmint is to Hungary’s Tokaji region what L’Acadie Blanc is to Nova Scotia. Although Tokaji is known for its sweet wine, Furmint can also be made in a dry style. Such is the case with this wine. On the palate, it had intense, concentrated flavours of ripe stone fruit, melon, lime, a zip of energetic minerality, and a fairly full body. It was clean (no oak influence) and satisfying, great for a cool summer evening on the terrace. For this price, it’s hard to beat.