Bull's Blood, a wonderful Hungarian mixture

Sunday, September 21, 2008

As I am one to always look for some interesting wines, I came across Egri Bikavér, better known as Bull's Blood of Eger.  Now, I have had Sangre de Toro in the past, but this one was something a little different, so I had to take the plunge.

However, when I opened the bottle up for myself and two compadres, I actually expected the worst, as the bottom of the label said "Quality dry red wine" and I normally can't stand dry wines (I just suffered eating dust bunnies when I last tried a Sagrantino di Montefalco that was Secco and not Passito).

According to the wikipedia entry, Bull's Blood of Eger is Hungary's most famous wine, coming from the Eger region of Hungary.  From the site: 

Egri Bikavér is a blend that has varied over the years, although the blend is anchored by the ancient Kadarka variety. Kadarka is believed to have arrived during the Turkish invasion of the 16th century, either by the Turks themselves or by Serbs displaced by them. It is a difficult grape to vinify, and has increasingly been replaced by Blaufränkisch, known locally as Kékfrankos.

Officially Egri Bikavér must contain at least three of the following 10 grapes: Kadarka, Kékfrankos (or Blaufränkisch in German), Blauer Portugieser (Kékoportó), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Menoire (known as Kékmedoc, or Médoc Noir before), Pinot Noir, and the modern Austrian hybrids, Blauburger and Zweigelt.

The legend is interesting as well, as it was rumored to have been mixed in with actual bull's blood in order to fortify the men against a siege of Eger.

I can say that the wine is worth a try.  Check out the review I wrote on it.

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