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Tibor Gál , Eger

text and photographs © 2008 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Eger, Hungary.

white wine

Tibor Gál Egri Királyleányka 2007
Fresh, quite aromatic pear and lightly peachy fruit with a palate that has a fair bit of lemony grip and a touch of alcoholic heat. Fresh and fruity, but with a bit of steel, this is well made. 86/100

red wines

Tibor Gál Petit Pinot 2005
90% Pinot Noir with 10% Kadarka . Very pale colour, and a soft, mellow and earthy. Good fruit on the palate, with fresh acidity and a racy tannin structure. Simple but attractive. 85/100

Tibor Gál Pinot Noir Barrel Selection 'Titi' 2005
Titi is nickname of Tibor Gál junior. A little more spice and a toastiness to the oak, with vanillin and good fruit again - lots of raspberry and cherry fruit, with good acidity and a clean, crisp finish. 87/100

Tibor Gál Egri Bikavér Selection 2004
Mostly Kekfrankos with Syrah, Cabenert Franc and Merlot. Not a good enough vintage to make an official 'Superior', so a special 'Selection' release of the best Bikavér from a cool year. Only 12.5% alcohol. Nicely smoky and spicy with a touch of cedar and damp, undergrowth notes. The palate is savoury and balanced, with a fairly lean character, but that, with savoury lemon acidity makes it quite mouth-watering and fresh with a touch of spice. 87/100.

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