Pichler and Pichon

  • 2007 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Loibner Steinertal - Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau (6/3/2017)
    Ripe orchard fruits and grapefruit predominate, with honeysuckle and almond paste accents. Rich and lush, yet juicy and energetic, with a long finish. (93 pts.)
  • 2001 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (6/2/2017)
    Blackberry, black currant, tobacco, leather and charcoal mix and echo off each other, each element singular yet blending with the others. Dense with a lot of depth, and surprising power, yet crisp with acid and buttressed with a still significant dry, tannic backbone. The wine rather makes a mockery of this being a “lesser” vintage. You could enjoy it for the power and depth today, but it feels like it could go out effortlessly for another 10-15 years. (93 pts.)

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The Pichler was fun; the Pichon Baron was more serious. Yet the wines were excellent, in their different ways. Both lived up to their house styles: the Pichler was big and rich and the Pichon Baron was “masculine.”

Not trying to imitate Adrian; the 93’s were happenstance.

Chris, I am pleased to see your note on the Pichon. I had this wine exactly 4 years ago and loved it then. It showed complexity and was satisfying and I think the vintage is moving along nicely, so I have been holding onto my last bottle just to see where it goes.