A bottle of Royal Tokaji Essencia is seen in the cellar of Royal Tokaji in Mad, Hungary, April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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A Hungarian winemaker in the Tokaj region known for its golden dessert wine is selling a vintage for $40,000 a bottle, hoping to revive the royal heritage of a wine revered by kings and connoisseurs. The volcanic Tokaj region in northeast Hungary produces wine made with grapes with "noble rot," induced by the "Botrytis" fungus that shrivels grapes and concentrates their sugar.So what justifies the whopping price tag for the 2008 vintage -- the equivalent of four years of average take-home pay in Hungary or the price of a house in Tokaj?There are only 18 bottles offered for sale, with the prospect of an increase in value. The wine will keep maturing in the bottle for decades or longer, wine expert Matyas Szik said.
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