F.X. Pichler

Austria, Wachau

 

5 Stars Falstaff 2013

 

Sustainable


It is not often that one can talk about the greatest producer in a given country (but Austria is small, so here one has an advantage). And while there are many great wine-makers in Austria, none is more synonymous with great Austrian wine than F.X. Pichler or as he is simply called, F.X.  In fact so riveting is his reputation that one author on Austrian wine who was prompted to list the 100 greatest producers in Austria, in order of greatness, lists F.X. Pichler as #1.  When one tastes the wines, you’ll see why they impress all.  They are truly monumental dry white wines – each with a mouth-filling presence, finish and complexity that leaves one speechless.  Since the late '90s the wine-making has been done by his son, Lucas, who has now assumed the reins.   Riesling Smaragd Loibnerberg is the quintessence of rich, exotic multi-layered Riesling.  His Grüner Smaragd Kellerberg and Grüner “M” are the most rich and complex expression of this unique varietal one can attain.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Grüner Veltliner Frauenweingarten Federspiel Grüner Veltliner N/A Danube sand and gravel Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Klostersatz Federspiel Grüner Veltliner N/A Danube sand and brown earth mixed with washed-away terrace rocks Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Urgestein Terrassen Smaragd Grüner Veltliner N/A Various terraced sites composed of primary rock Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Loibner Loibenberg Smaragd Grüner Veltliner Average 60 years Primitive rock Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Steinertal Smaragd Grüner Veltliner 70 years Deeply deposited, weathered gneiss Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Dürnsteiner Liebenberg Smaragd Grüner Veltliner N/A Meager, weathered soils of gneiss and mica schist Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Smaragd Grüner Veltliner N/A Vertiginous, barren and purist primitive-rock terrace Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner "M" Smaragd Grüner Veltliner N/A Various Loibnerberg terraces Sustainable
Riesling Loibner Burgstall Federspiel Riesling N/A Wind-blown sand over pure gneiss and granite Sustainable
Riesling Urgestein Federspiel Riesling N/A From various mountanous terraces Sustainable
Riesling Oberhauser Smaragd Riesling N/A Gravel Sustainable
Riesling Loibner Loibenberg Smaragd Riesling N/A Primitive rock Sustainable
Riesling Steinertal Smaragd Riesling N/A Deeply deposited, weathered gneiss soil Sustainable
Riesling Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Smaragd Riesling N/A Vertiginous, barren and purist primitive-rock terrace Sustainable
Sauvignon Blanc Grosse Reserve Sauvignon Blanc N/A Deeply deposited, weathered gneiss soil Sustainable