Château Dereszla Aszú 6 Puttonyos is a sweet wine coupage of the Furmint, Zeta and Hárslevelű varieties produced by Château Dereszla in the Tokaj region, Hungary.
Tokaj is considered to be where the designations of origin system was first established, and it is also said to be the birthplace of wines made with grapes affected by Botrytis cinerea. Today, these sweet wines share international fame alongside the legendary sweet wines of Sauternes in France.
Château Dereszla Aszú 6 Puttonyos is made with Aszú berries, that is, those affected by noble rot, a vine disease that causes the grapes to dehydrate, which results in a naturally high concentration of sugars whilst preserving the fruit’s acidity. These noble berries are harvested manually and the fine must is fermented under controlled temperatures. The resulting wine is aged for three years in Hungarian oak barrels.
A puttonyo relates to the amount of botrytised grapes used to make traditional Tokay wines. This measure comes from the capacity of a kind of basket where the clusters are collected and is equivalent to approximately 25 kg. In addition, the amount of puttonyos used also refers to the amount of sugar in the wine, which can range from 3 puttonyos (less sweet) to 6 puttonyos (sweeter).