QUESTION: I always had thought that French Sauternes was the sweetest wine in the world, but when we were dining out the other night, the server told me that’s not so. Is she right?
ANSWER: Yes. The sweetest wine is Tokay Eszencia, which is made each year in Hungary – but only in miniscule quantities.
Whereas Sauternes has anywhere from 8 to 12 percent residual sugar, Tokay Escencia checks in with… are you sitting down?… between 40 and 70 percent!
Even so, it’s an amazingly balanced wine, and worth trying at least once – if you can track down a bottle.