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FX Pichler is one of the greatest white wine estates in the world. They are ambassadors of the Wachau as one of the world’s most important terroirs. With sites like Loibenberg, Pichler’s Rieslings and Gruners are powerful, complex, and nuanced. The estate, which was founded in 1898, has been a pioneer of quality for decades. The “M” series (for monumental) is made with the ripest grapes and longest hang times such that their residual sugar excludes them from the Smaragd designation (don’t let the residual sugar fool you as these wines are dry). However, the M Riesling and Gruner Veltliner are two of the great Grand Cru bottlings of white in the world, and should be cellared alongside top Burgundy, Mosel, and Rheinhessen whites.

So, enough with the superlatives. The signature style here drives the wines through the house-style vinification process of steel ferments and ageing in 2,500 used Austrian oak casks on the lees. Many decry oak for Riesling and for good reason in most cases. But Pichler’s estate approach is ideal for their fruit weight. The touch is light and, with age, the integration of oak and fruit completes very well.

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Medium green yellow. Quintessential veltliner fragrance of apricot and apple fruit layered with pronounced tobacco and pepper. Inviting and utterly multidimensional wine, with great concentration and clarity and a sharply focused structure. Very powerful wine with extraordinarily persistent finishing flavors of lichee, ripe apple and apricot and varietally expressive spices. Drink 2008 to 2015+.

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