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Egri Bikaver

Egri Bikaver
Egri Bikavér is a robust blended red wine from the Eger wine region in northeastern Hungary. The wine is the most popular red wine in the country known under the name "Bull's Blood" which is the translation from Hungarian. The legend of the name comes from the 16th century when the Turks attacked the town of Cheb, the defenders drank from it to encourage themselves and coloured their beards and clothes with it. The result was more than successful scaring out the Turks, assuming that the enemies had drunk bull's blood. The blend is usually made from the predominant Kadarka and Blaufrankisch (Kekfrankos) and the supplementary Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The style of the wine and the blend varies according to the liking of the producer, but the best expressions are with deep, colour, with soft to powerful tannins and middleweight body with plummy and spicy aromatics. Egri Bikavér wine has three quality levels including classicus, superior and grand superior. All the levels must cover special requirements in terms of the allowed grape varieties, yields per hectare, oak ageing and alcohol content before they come to the market. During the years the reputation of the Egri Bikavér has been harmed especially by the Communist era of winemaking mass wines, which were often oxidised and bad quality. Nowadays, the nation is gaining back the previous popularity as a high-quality wine worth trying and as well as extensive ageing in the cellar.

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