Lajver Wine House
26 hectares, 4 plots, 30 terraces
When planning our estate, a particularly important aspect was to respect our natural conditions and to adapt to them so that the estate could fit into its surroundings as harmoniously as possible. The 30 terraces planted on our four plots are adjusted perfectly to the river bed of Lajvér stream, which provides the estate with unique and natural microclimate.
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.
12 grape varieties, 48 awards
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. Every single terrace was planted with the most suitable varieties in order to exploit the potential of the grapes to the maximum extent. This pattern of varieties gives us unparallel diversity, which makes us possible to create outstanding wines even in cooler vintages and to make the most of the hot vintages. This statement of ours is proved by 48 national and international awards given to Lajver wines in the past five years.
Our varieties: Rhine Riesling, Olaszrizling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cserszegi Fűszeres, Kadarka, Kékfrankos, Pinot noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah.
5 functions, 3 wings
The plan of the state-of-art, ultramodern building of clean lines was created to apply to grape processing procedure without compromises. Our objective was to design a winery building fitting into the landscape, with the majority of the building situated under the ground.
During the process of construction we aimed to use natural material like wood, concrete, stone, metal and glass.
The resulted estate building corresponds with all the necessary functions: visitor centre, bistro, industrial establishment, store house and ageing cellar. Natural vinification requires grape processing in the most gentle way, which is based on modern technology using gravity.
Having consulted with renowned Hungarian and foreign experts we have created a winery among the hills of Szekszárd, which exploits natural conditions with the help of the most up-to-date technology. The grape processing plant and the cellar is situated 30 meters deep under the ground and uses the gravitational energy and natural heat retaining capacity of the Earth, to provide the most gentle method of grape processing.
Maturation takes place in Hungarian and French 225 and 500 litre barrels with different levels of toasting. Each wine of ours is aged according to its style to get one step closer a time to the perfect Lajver wine.
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.