From Tihany to Burgundy – Six noteworthy wines from our February+ wine package

Besides our February selection, we’ve put together another with a different attitude. We tasted, talked, slept on it, then the list was made up. We came up with six wines from six different worlds. What’s common to all of them is that they show something new. From Alvaro Palacios’ classic to Robert Gilvesy’s latest wine, they are all more than everyday wines. And we didn’t just bring in specialties from abroad, but also from Tihany and from the banks of the Danube – and also with stories that accompany them.
Discovery, experimentation, going off the beaten track.
Lazily, laid-back, from a large glass.

 

Gilvesy St. George Cuvée 2019

Robert had been planning to make the more intricately detailed, more distinctive version of Bohém for a long time. For this, he harvested from the estate’s organically cultivated plots in 2019. The wine materialized after a long line of trial blends, while its name refers only partly to Szent György-hegy (or Mount St. George). Robert’s granddad – who was also called György or George – emigrated to Canada, to the region of the Great Lakes in 1929. He took part in the building of the Hungarian church of the tobacco belt, which was eventually dedicated to Saint George. That’s where Robert first encountered the martyr’s legend, so that many decades later, he would make a wine on the identically named hill. So, all the pieces come together.

 

 

 

Világi Winery Chardonnay Terroir Selection 2018

The Világi Winery’s first, introductory wine comes from the Slovakian Helemba’s unparalleled region. The area is bordered by three rivers: the Danube, the Ipoly and the Garam. It has a unique mesoclimate, rich fauna, 300-year-old loess cellars, volcanic soil, and a view over Esztergom Hill and the Danube bend. Despite the picturesque landscape, the land here wasn’t cultivated for 30 years, and the silence was only broken in 2015, when 20 hectares of grapes were planted on Burda Hill. Following the traditional vinifcation, the Chardonnay ferments spontaneously in a separate cellar branch in Hungarian barrels. It’s mineral, deep-flavoured and scintillating. 

 

 

 

Alvaro Palacios Camins 2019

The estate of one of the leading figures of Spanish wine culture is without exaggeration located in an ancient region. In Priorat, in Catalunya, there are bush-trained old vines, growing such local varieties as Garnacha and Carignan (Cariñena). The majority of the Camins del Priorat blend is made up of these two varieties, which were selected from 101 parcels of 10 villages. These villages are still connected by old roads, the region’s old riders commuted on them for centuries. Organic cultivation, hand harvest, spontaneous fermentation, gentle pressing, slow ageing in used barrels. And the outcome has all of it: the old vines’ harmony and energy. 

 

 

 

Bökő Dávid Tihany a Balaton Partján 2019

We tasted Dávid Bökő’s entry-level wine last year when it was still in the tank, well before the final blend was created. Besides the rosés, there were five barrels of Tihany red wines. We spent some time with them, then the sketch was born in our heads: a light red, from local varieties made with low intervention. The vinification was carried out in the traditional way, in tanks, with spontaneous fermentation, in Hungarian barrels. On the way home, the label was also taking shape based on a postcard from 1928. It’s worth putting it outside before opening, as its’ best at cellar temperature.

 

 

 

Clemens Busch Riesling vom grauen Schiefer 2018

The Mosel wine region is traversed by three rivers: the Rhine, the Saar and the Mosel.
Clemens Busch started organic, traditional cultivation here. The grapes are harvested on almost vertical slopes, transported to the other side of the river by ferry, and the must ferments in 1000-litre barrels. Its style differs from the local tradition: the twist is – beside the lively acids –in its thickness. That’s what makes this Riesling so enjoyable.

 

 

 

Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne „Les 2 Terres” Gamay 2017

Les 2 Terres, that is two lands. Burgundy and Beaujolais, with their differences and similarities. The landscape, the key grape varieties, the soil and the winemaking traditions differ but the spirituality of the winemakers is alike. More and more winemakers are opening towards the south, incorporating areas that were not understood for a long time. The important figure of this phenomenon is Thibault Liger-Belair, whose new wine is a rare blend of two varieties, Gamay and Pinot Noir. The cultivation is organic, the winemaking is precise, detailed and fine-tuned. It has a cool character, deep fruit flavours and rustic stoniness.