Like her compatriot Samuel Tinon, Stéphanie Berecz is a French eonologist who initialy came to Hungary to work at the Disznoko estate, a property owned by the French insurance company AXA. In 2002, she and her husband Zsolt founded Kikelet Pince in Tarcal near the town of Tokaj, a village where Zsolt's family has been living for over two hundred years. Regarding the winery's name, the story is that Stéphanie didn't want a name containing any of the "funny" Hungarian letters like ű, ü, ö, ő. So they chose Kikelet, which means springtime in Hungarian. Year after year, they gradually acquired different lots around Tarcal (Lónyai, Vati, Farkas, Lestas, Kassai) and today, they farm 5 hectares of south/south-west facing vineyards planted half with Furmint, half with Hárslevelű.
This is our second vintage of Stéphanie’s Pezsgő. She’s one of a handful in Tokaj that does practically everything herself and in house. Primary fermentation in barrel, bottling for secondary in her cellar (2 years on the lees), and hand racked and riddled. The only thing done outside the winery was taking the bottles to be disgorged in the village of Bodrogkeresztúr where they have the machinery. There was zero dosage for the 2015 vintage. 70% Hárslevelű and 30% Furmint, there’s tons of stone fruit, mint, and an immediate Tokaj nose of honey and salt. Brut at just under 6 g/l and around 4 bars of pressure, the bubbles aren’t explosive but persistent and elegant.