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Boutinot makes first foray into Hungarian wine

Published:  06 December, 2017

Boutinot has made its first foray into Hungarian wine with two of the country’s producers joining its portfolio.

Available now, a selection of six wines has been added to Boutinot’s wine collection from Tokaji based Furmint specialists Kardos Estate and the sustainably farmed Kovács Nimród Winery from Eger.

The new additions (see below) had been brought on board to tap Brits’ growing thirst for “quality characterful” Hungarian wine, said Boutinot manager, Alex Gittins.

“UK interest in Hungarian wines has been growing for a while now and we have been looking for producers - as soon as I found the Kardos family and Kovács Nimród, it was an easy decision to bring them both into our range," he said.

Albeit from the same country, the producers were “completely different and completely complementary”, he added.

Set up by owner Nimród Kovács in 1995, Nimród Kovács focuses on Grand and Premier Cru classified vineyards in Eger – one of the country’s most premium wine regions said to have a similar climate to Burgundy, and follows a sustainable and biodynamic farming philosophy.

Its vineyards are planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet, Furmint and Kékfrankos.

Hailing from Tokaji, Europe’s oldest classified wine region and the fourth largest in Hungary, the Kardos family has been involved in wine production for over two hundred years, but only built their winery after the Central and Eastern Europe revolution of 1989.

Grapes come from vineyards, including many Grand and Premier Cru sites, in Mád and the neighbouring villages of Rátka and Bodrogkeresztúr.

The Hungarian range is made up of a Kardos trio - Supreme Furmint 2015 (rrp: £15.99), Padihegy Furmint 2015 (rrp: £25.99) and Tokaji Forditas 2013 (rrp: £30.99), which is complimented by three wines from Kovács Nimród Winery – Egri Csillag 2016 (rrp: £9.99), Monopole Blues Kékfrankos 2014 (rrp: £15.99) and Monopole 777 Pinot Noir 2013 (rrp: £26.99).