2019 Joh. Jos. Prüm



This famous Mosel estate, one of Germany’s finest, has released its 2019s.



It is a stellar year at the estate, up there with the greats. The wines have always been powerful, but since Katharina Prüm took over they have become finer and more nuanced. This year they are ripe, but each element – the vibrant fruit, the juicy acidity and pure minerality – is clearly delineated and effortlessly integrated, a combination of ripeness and freshness that is immensely appealing. There is discreet botrytis in the Goldkapsel wines, adding intensity and another layer of complexity without detracting from the purity. The differences between the vineyards are striking: these are textbook examples of their respective terroirs. The wines are very forward, and can be drunk young, but at the sweeter end have the potential to outlast us all.



The summer was cooler than 2018, but there were two significant heat spikes at the end of June and July, the latter causing some sunburn to the grapes. Rainfall was low, it did not rain much, but there was some rain in Wehlen at the end of July, which saw the vines through the worst period.



The Prüms are usually the last to begin picking, sometimes starting when others have almost finished, but this year, on 23 September, they were amongst the first to send out their team, finishing before heavy rain in October signalled an end to the harvest. The early start was vital for preserving freshness, and they have produced a beautifully harmonious and elegant set of wines.



One of the trademarks of Prüm wines is a reductive quality in youth, a by-product of spontaneous fermentation. This has lessened over the last few years, and in 2019 was barely discernible, making it possible to enjoy them even younger.



A Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese, Auslese, Goldkapsel Auslese and a Graacher Himmelreich Lange Goldkapsel will be offered at auction next week. They are astonishing wines: more powerful, more intense, but retaining the charming, pure elements of the vintage.




The wines

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White

Case size
Weingut Joh.Jos. Prüm

2019 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett [08 20] (PRUM10219A)
Very fresh and floral, with notes of white peach and spice, zingy ripe acidity and a long vibrant lemony finish shot through with smoky slate flavours.
6 Bottle - 75cl £90.00
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2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett [09 20] (PRUM12219A)
There's always a bit more to the Wehlener Sonnenuhr. The white peach and citrus fruit is more generous and a tad riper, the lean slaty minerality is silky, and there is a spicy note appearing on the long finish. It is playful and zingy, bounding with energy, and exudes an effortless self-confidence. A very exciting Kabinett indeed.
6 Bottle - 75cl £108.00
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3 Magnum - 150cl £126.00
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2019 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese [12 20] (PRUM20219C)
Now we’re talking: a delightful, zingy wine with a hint of green, spicy generous fruit, pretty floral notes and a long, smooth elegant smoky finish.
3 Magnum - 150cl £132.00
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2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese [13 20] (PRUM22219A)
Wehlener wines are always the most linear in the Prüm stable, with a lean strong slaty backbone supporting all the other elements. And there are lots of them this year: perfumed almost musky floral notes - primarily roses - are joined by ripe peach and very zingy lemony flavours. Each element is clearly delineated, and there is silky elegance to the long, pure salty smoky finish. Yet again, an absolute cracker.
6 Bottle - 75cl £132.00
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2019 Bernkasteler Lay Auslese [15 20] (PRUM27219A)
There hasn't been a 'regular' Lay Auslese since 1998, which was gloriously balanced and seductive. This one is even better, and promises a great future. It is perfumed and bright, with rounded peach and citrus fruit and a generous soft broad slaty finish.
6 Bottle - 75cl £138.00
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2019 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese [16 20] (PRUM30219A)
A lot going on here: a wealth of beautifully floral, soft and juicy fruit, spice, and a persistent ripe zingy acidity is counterbalanced by powerful elegant pithy salty mineral flavours. There's a relaxed, effortless charm here, like a cheerful and interesting friend you'd like to see more of.
6 Bottle - 75cl £138.00
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Equivalent bottle price inc. VAT: £30.28
12 Half Bottle - 37.5cl £162.00
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2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese [17 20] (PRUM32219B)
The generous juicy white peach fruit is lent precision by vibrant lemony acidity, and there is a depth that heralds a very long future. The mineral structure is fine and lean: it compresses the fruit and elongates the wine to an astonishing length. But there is no austerity; the wine remains supple and elegant, melting and pure, throughout.
12 Half Bottle - 37.5cl £183.00
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6 Bottle - 75cl £156.00
3 Magnum - 150cl £177.00
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2019 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Goldkapsel [19 20] (PRUM38219C)
More botrytis in evidence here, lending intensity, richness and elegance to the pure peach and yellow orchard fruit. The acidity is brisk and lemony, and there is a powerful long broad spicy slaty finish with a distinct saline note.
3 Magnum - 150cl £327.00
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2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldkapsel [20 20] (PRUM40219A)
Cor blimey - almost painful intensity and power here. The botrytis gives creamy richness but the terroir shines through with ringing clarity; the minerality is silky and saline, the acidity ripe and juicy, and the fruit a delightful cornucopia of orchard fruit shading gradually to the tropical. It is a brilliantly fine and elegant wine that will outlast us all.
6 Bottle - 75cl £342.00
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