Sparks of the Weekend: Lajver Blanc de Blancs
If you choose Lajver Wine Estate as the venue of your wedding, the outstanding wedding toast sparkling wine is guaranteed as well. The first release of Lajver Blanc de Blancs Brut 2019 has been tasted by Vince magazine panel, the result is “outstanding” (4 out of 5 stars). No wonder, the first bottling is already sold out, but don’t worry, the new bottling is just happening and some freshly disgorged bottles await for sparkling lovers.
Recently we published an article with 5 dream wine venues for weddings. Certainly there are more, like Lajver Wine Estate with its stunning surroundings, amazing rooms and the whole state-of-the-art estate building.
Capacity: 100 people in the event hall.
Wines: A wide range of wines with incredibly good value. Entry level white, rose and red wines and also top wines in each category – and the new sparkling wine.
Catering: The estate has its own kitchen with refined plates made of local ingredients.
Accommodation: 5 rooms in the estate building overlooking the vineyards, plus more places in the village of Szálka (2 km) and in Szekszárd (11 km).
Disance from the nearest airport: Budapest (181 km),
Vince magazine review of Lajver Blanc de Blancs Brut 2019
Light greenish yellow colour, attractive, consistent bubbles. Complex, medium intense nose with white flowers and fruits, discreet hints of notes from the maturation on the lees. A featherlight sparkling wine, balanced, easy to drink with some pleaseant tartness in the aftertaste.
Retail price at the cellar: 5600 HUF /
How was it made?
The decision was born in 2019. Lajver has 12 terraces at different altitudes and different exposures to the sun. For the sparkling the team chose the cooler one of the two Chardonnay terraces. The hand sorted grapes were pressed in whole bunches, and after controlled fermentation the base wine had some winter sleep while malolactic fermentation took place spontaneously. Tirage and bottling was carried on in March 2020 and after two and a half years of ageing on the lees they did the first disgorgement on the 3rd of November. The dosage is only 6 g/l, so it almost bone dry. As Rebeka Vida, the chief winemaker of Lajver described: “The notes of the 2.5 years ageing on the lees are more present on the nose with bread crust and toast, while the palate is more on the fruity side with citrus fruits and green apple. When tasting, we can also enjoy the complexity besides the fruitiness. Abundant in bubbles, refreshing acidity, long finish. Surprisingly enough there is a hint of petrol in the aftertaste.”