Lajvér Wine House
Our winery has at its disposal 26 hectares of our own vineyard plantation, the density of the vines alongside their limited harvests ensure the high quality of our wines. Our territory can be horizontally divided into four long strips of land, and vertically into nine terraces. These exceptional characteristics have successfully provided ideal conditions for the greatest variety of grape. A difference of several degrees in temperature can be measured between the terraces at the top and bottom of the Lajvér valley stream in all seasons of the year, and the subsoil water shows similar variation. The north-to-south valley serves as a natural wind channel, airing the plantation foliage and bunches of grapes, thus aiding everyday environment-conscious viticultural work. This diversity makes it possible for all twelve of our varieties of grape to feel at home here.
WHEN PLANNING THE ESTATE A PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT ASPECT WAS THAT EVEN THOSE GRAPES HARVESTED FROM THE FURTHEST TERRACE SHOULD REACH THE PROCESSING PLANT WITHIN MINUTES, THEREBY PRESERVING THEIR BURSTING FRESHNESS.
We planted twelve varieties of grape, but we don’t make single-variety wines from them all. For us, some varieties of wine are more pleasant if they don’t reach the bottle alone. Sometimes we are better able to express our philosophy regarding viticulture and wine-making with unusual, novel blends. When choosing varieties the only important thing was to attain the maximum quality. It was not significant how many stocks of any particular variety were planted; all that mattered was that the character of the given territory should best bring out individual vines, varieties and clones in suitable combinations. So it came about that on the thirty cultivated terraces stretching over twenty-five hectares we were guaranteed unrivalled diversity.
IT IS THIS RANGE OF TYPES THAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO MAKE OUTSTANDING WINES EVEN IN COOLER YEARS, WHILE STILL BEING ABLE TO EXPLOIT THE HIDDEN POTENTIAL OF HOT YEARS.
Our varieties: Rajnai Rizling, Olaszrizling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cserszegi Fűszeres, Kadarka, Kékfrankos, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah.
Already at the stage of defining the architectural concept, it was important that the spectacle of the buildings slotting pleasingly into the landscape should differ from that of an agricultural plant and express the owner’s modern, innovative, high-quality approach. The aim was to create a winery where visitors and wine-lovers would, beyond the production of wine, also be enriched culturally and gastronomically.
THE FUNCTIONAL FORMATION OF THE BUILDINGS CAME ABOUT WITH THIS AIM IN MIND.
The object of the investment was to create a modern, efficient plant that would always meet technological demands, which from its visual impact can be seen to reflect the prefect balance between modern technology and traditional wine-making. The simple form of the buildings also conveys a message regarding their cleanliness.
We have a mission!
The technological formation of our winery was inspired by attaining the highest possible quality. Hungarian and foreign acknowledged experts in the field have aided us in achieving this aim. In the end a winery was born among the Szekszárd hills which perfectly exploits the opportunities offered by Nature, using the gravitational energy and heat storage abilities sunk thirty metres below ground. Transported in crates to the highest point of the winery, the vine-selected grapes enter the processing procedure at perfect technological ripeness. Here the whole bunches are shaken on special machinery with gratings, and in the course of the light vibration the grapes are freed from the majority of imperfections. The remainder are removed by hand. This is also when the insufficiently ripe and damaged grapes are also removed. With some items, following the selection process further mechanical and hand picking is carried out. After this the crushed or whole berries enter the containers or press through gravitation.
FERMENTATION TAKES PLACE UNDER CONTROLLED TEMPERATURES, UNDER 24-HOUR SUPERVISION.
Our 225-, 300- and 500-litre barrels are made from Hungarian and American oak, of varied levels of torrefaction, so that every wine receives the most satisfactory fermentation for it.
SZEKSZÁRDI CUVÉE BLANC 2017
The bouquet arrives with a rampant intensity, a rendezvous of taste molecules, with elderberry and fresh-cut grass embraced in a bittersweet cloud. It is at once green, fruity, refreshing, crisp and so fresh you could almost bite into it. As if we were walking through the market among crates piled high with fruit. In the mouth, lively acids prance about, the slight sourness of citrus fruits appears, as does nettle cordial. It is a vigorously lively wine, anticipating summer, for which you need a patio, a comfortable chair, good company… one bottle will never be enough.
SZEKSZÁRDI OLASZRIZLING 2016
A fresh, spirited wine that grips you at the first encounter and in which crisp green apples and ripe lemons appear. A variety that can take you by storm, olaszrizling makes no attempt to disguise itself, a sip bringing with it a little bitterness, acerbic fruits and some herbs. Within it can be found at once a full feeling of sweetness coupled with the crunchy acidity of fresh fruits. It loses nothing of this if it receives a little soda, indeed turned into a wine and soda fröccs it immediately becomes complete, more refreshing and brighter. The sense of alcohol comes at the end of a medium draught; after all, your olaszrizling will not disappear without trace.
SZEKSZÁRDI ROSÉ CUVÉE 2017
Its colour strikes you like an accommodating summer raspberry cordial and you won’t be disappointed by its fragrance, either. Ripe raspberry, freshly picked from the prickly bush and its juices dripping. There’s a slight trace of caramelised sugar behind the fruitiness which only makes it more endearing and friendly. This returns in the taste as the impulsive acidic character and the creamy feel of alcohol, the fresh fruitiness and suave, sweetish flavour interplay. A slight effervescence has remained in it, it is still fresh after the second sip, the fruitiness is crisp, it tastes good on the tongue and when one takes the next draught.
LAJVÉR SZEKSZÁRDI KÉKFRANKOS 2014
We only have to look at it to know that here we have a full-bodied kékfrankos in our glass: by its aroma we are butterly convinced by its fusion of spiciness and ripe Morello cherries. While tasting it, the effect of the barrel increases; the wood provides extra spices, cloves and vanilla, while at the end coconut emerges in the wine. The structure is pretty good, the acids liven up the flavour made somewhat lazy by the barrel, while ripe fruits enhance the spiciness. Towards the end the taste recedes, your mouth is filled with it, you feel the alcohol but it fits in here; it has content, not only form.
SZEKSZÁRDI MERLOT 2015
Its bouquet is such that we can say “Now that’s a merlot” – a little woodland fruit, a pinch of blossom with just a hint of spices. Everything is in proportion and in the right place. In the sip there is no exaggeration; the sweet spices of the barrel do not overwhelm the fruitiness of plums and blackberries and the acids pump up the wine’s vitality to just the right degree; I can detect the tannin, but as a whole the taste carries me off my feet softly, like velvet. At the very end the last, slightly bitter sour cherry-and-plum sip winks back at us, but only to inspire to take yet another: another sip of velvet doesn’t hurt anyone.
LAJVÉR SZEKSZÁRDI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
Blueberry, blackcurrant, cool mint and freshly ground pepper appear in its bouquet, a non-intrusive leather quality adds a new element in the taste, just sufficient to make it more exotic. Here the tannin is unambiguous, and added to the experience, the aromatic flavours of cocoa and roasted coffee-beans appear in the palate fairly intensively yet without being raw. This is a robust, vigorous wine with plenty of time to mature further… but we won’t be committing an error if we taste it today, either, for it is nearing its prime.
LAJVÉR SZEKSZÁRDI BIKAVÉR 2015
Ripe scents, not over-intensive but multi-faceted. Starting out with dried cranberries we arrive via blackberry pie and tanned leather to cherry liqueur, summoning forth many scents and familiar flavours. In its taste it can be felt that age has brought a few wrinkles to its face, but its full-bodiedness keeps it alive. And the right acids, of course. Leather and mushrooms are at least as strongly present as are fruits, the latter of which register rather in the form of jams, preserves and dried fruits. The structure is still stable, and ageing has enhanced its character.
SZEKSZÁRDI L6 CUVÉE 2015
A wine in which Szekszárd’s lighter visage appears: it opens with the bouquet of refreshing, red fruits which remain with us to the end of the sip. Added to this come the acids, giving it impetus, lively vibrations, the sweet and sour of the cherry and a fresh fruitiness that fills the entire mouth. A relatively petite structure: lightness and fruitiness are the two keywords; its value lies not in its stratification but in an immediate pleasure in its drinkability. The sour cherry of kékfrankos, the spiciness of kadarka come out in airy strides, but it also contains the cheekiness of pinot noir. A red wine for every day of the year.
SZEKSZÁRDI L12 CUVÉE 2015
A determined, hard-as-nails Szekszárd blend in which the dominance of cabernet appears right from the first bouquet. Alongside the berries there is a proportionate spiciness emanating from the barrel, while green herbs add to the complexity. This wine has depth; its taste is vigorous, the berries stream from it, along come the spicy forest fruits and as it closes there is a hint of sweet, eastern spicy playfulness. The tannin is rather more than medium, neither can we describe the alcohol as weak, yet all in all everything falls into place.
SIGNUM CUVÉE 2013
Your nose first detects freshly-made espresso coffee and grated dark chocolate. Fruitiness is further provided by blackcurrants, blackberries and an abundance of raspberries. The barrel manifests itself in the flavour, with sweet spices, signs of toasting, and a sense of muscular tannin makes it truly robust. It’s a tough southern red, it has power, tautness, alcohol and tannin, fruit and spice, and, of course, lasting taste. A well-built wine, as yet with no Zen harmony to it, though the opportunity, the potential is definitely there. For now it’s for drinking with heavier meals and enjoying at those year-after-year cellar re-tasting sessions.