JJ Prüm and the Great Rieslings of the Mosel

 The Wines of JJ Prüm - Rieslings to Cellar

Weingut Joh Jos Prüm almost needs no introduction; it is one of the great German estates, dating back to 1911 and currently run by great-granddaughter Katharina Prüm. These wines go in the books as some of the very top-tier wines of the world, and wine lovers who have the patience to age these Riesling are well-rewarded. In light of how well the wines do in the cellar, we are thrilled to have our hands on some older parcels. 

Based on the river bank of the Middle Mosel, opposite the mighty and imposing vineyard of Sonnenuhr that dominates the landscape, Prüm have been producing definitive, long lasting Rieslings for decades.
With four main vineyards (as well as some less well known sites), it is the Sonnenuhr in Wehlen for which they are best known. Their other top plots are in Zelting’s bit of the Sonnenuhr, Badstube in Bernkastel and Himmelreich in Graach. There are a lot of old vines at Prüm, and harvests tend to be quite late, with the wines tending away from the trocken style and towards a richer, weighty, cellar-worthy style.


JJ Prum Sonnenuhr Riesling

 

2003 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese
£395 per 12 in bond
Buy 2003 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese


2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese
£189 per 6 in bond
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Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm

We have a pair of Auslese wines from the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard from superstar producer Jos. Jos Prüm, dating all the way back to the 2003 vintage; a lovely glimpse into the future of the 2015. 2003 was a warm, rich vintage in the Mosel, as it was in much of Europe. This is intense and peachy yet with an a strong sense of mineral vibrancy still shining through. The 2015s from the Mosel were hotly anticipated, and Katharina's wines have made an incredible showing; the Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese is herbal and saline, with rich fruit holding it all together, earning 94 points from Stephan Reinhardt writing for Wine Advocate.


 

     
JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling  

2009 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese
£325 per 12 in bond
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2012 Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese
£275 per 12 in bond
Buy 2012 Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese

Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm

Wines from the village of Graach age very gracefully, and this 2009 Auslese will be coming along quite well indeed, with subtle floral notes accompanying stone fruits and a slight minerality. The 2012 Spatlese leans more flinty and mineral, with a saline spiciness on the finish, rounded out by fresh lime and peach notes. Both of these wines could go decades more in the bottle, although they will certainly provide a delightful drink now.

 

 

     

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