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bull's blood

The red wine, also known as "Eger Bull's Blood" or Hungarian "Egri Bikavér", is the best-known wine from the region Eger (German Erlau). The name "Bikáver" (bull's blood) may also be used in the winegrowing area Szekszárd be used. According to legend, the name dates from the 16th century, when the Turks besieged the city of Eger. The defenders drank in lots of red wine to encourage themselves, so their beards and clothes were dyed red. As a result, the Turks fled, believing that their opponents had consumed bull's blood. The wine is blended in various uses of the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Kadarka, Kékfrankos ( Blaufränkisch ), Kékoporto (Blauer Portugieser), Kékburgundi (Blauburgunder), Merlot and also small shares of Lunel (Muscat Blanc). It used to be the main grape variety kadarka, which is used today only in proportions. There are different versions, the Cuvée and the development is left to the winemaker. After a long period of development, strong wines are produced that live up to the name. The famous oenologist Tibor Gál (1958-2005) played a key role in creating a new style of Egri Bikavér and making it the first original wine in the country Hungary to declare.

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