This Château Pajzos, a 100% Dry Furmint from the Tokaji region of Hungary, is definitely something different, but it's absolutely delicious and a great value wine.
I have been a big fan of dry Furmint since I first discovered it on the shelves of a number of New York wine stores about four or five years ago. Today, dry Furmint is much more widely distributed, and I was happy to see it on the shelves of Whole Foods.
Furmint - The White Grape of Hungary
Furmint is a white grape variety native to Hungary. It is known for its racy acidity as this Château Pajzos attests. Aromas are subtle to moderately aromatic and in the genre of orchard and stone fruit.
It has subtle but appealing aromas of ripe orchard fruit, beeswax, with hints of honey and spice. On the palate it is wonderfully crisp and minerally. Similar flavors follow though, with more pronounced notes of stone fruit, particularly apricot. A lovely waxiness to the mouthfeel adds a nice richness and complexity. Tasty minerally finish.
At the Table
Unoaked, this is a great wine to sip with tapas or small plates. It would also work with a variety of fish or chicken dishes. We last enjoyed it with freshwater trout, simply pan-fried 'a la meunière.'
Château Pajzos is located in the Tokaji region of Hungary, which is in the northeastern part of the country. While Tokaji is most known for its famous Aszú sweet, botrytized wine, in which Furmint plays the leading role, today more and more producers, like Château Pajzos are turning their hand to dry wines, which are more in demand and hence easier to sell.
Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant.