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This week the importer of JJ Prüm held their annual Prüm brekky. What a way to start the day! Devouring 16 wines from Kabinett to Goldksapsel and the heart racing 2004 Bernkasteler Johannisbrünnchen Eiswein!

Today we offer Prüm’s 2016’s. A year where Graacher Himmelreich and of course Wehlener Sonnenuhr shined. There’s a few sneaky museum wines too!

If you listen carefully to the glass you’ll hear the good ones whispering ‘DRINK ME! DRINK ME!’

“Few estates in the world can claim to have maintained the highest quality standards uninterrupted for half a century and more.  Joh Jos Prüm, the most famous of the many Mosel wine estates bearing the Prüm name, is one estate that can.  Since the early 1920’s its wines have been among Germany’s best, Rieslings with the Mosel’s vivacious aroma and racy elegance in its highest form.” Stuart Pigott, The Wine Atlas of Germany

Paul’s Summary

It was a pleasure sitting with James Halliday to run through the 16 Prum’s and hear his insights.

The Graacher’s and Wehlener’s proved their class at all levels. The wines have less of the Prüm stink than in the past! Something that always dissappears with a little bottle age.

Take a look at the Zeltinger Spätlese. The Auslese Goldkapsels were delicious across the board. Only at the Goldkapsel level did the Bernkastler rise to the standard of the others.

Overall the year presents as more approachable young with the exception of Wehlener. Vinosity was there in the Goldkapsel Wehlener but the rest of the 16’s are still in the early first phase of development as you’d expect.

The 2004 Eiswein from Bernkastler Johannisbrücchen exceptional, a breathtaking wine. 2009 and 2012 Graacher Spatlese and 2012 Graacher Auslese were showing the first signs of shifting to the 2nd phase of development. They’d harmonised, some secondary characters were starting to show. The wines looked beautiful. The 2003 Wehlener Sonnenuhr had sadly fallen over. The hot 2003 year not having the legs of a more typical year.

My picks, best at each level first:

Kabinett – Wehlener then Graacher. Drink the Graacher first and hold the Wehlener for a little longer. Kabinetts are just such fun drinking!

Spätlese – Wehlener, Graacher, then Zeltinger. Lovely textural element in the Graacher and Zeltinger. The Wehlener is tightly coiled and getting ready to explode!

Auslese – Wehlener then Graacher. This year saw a lift in alcohol to around 8.5% from the more typical 7.5-8.0%. The balance in these is superb the nose on the Wehlener is explosive, again the palate waiting to explode.

Auslese Goldkapsel – Wehlener + Graacher line ball, then, Berkastler. These special selections took everything to a new level, poise, sophistication, complexity, harmony, such delicious wines. The Bernkastler the most apparently rich and luscious at the moment, I feel it will be surpassed by the Graacher and Wehlener as they age.

Museum – 2004 Bernkastler Johannisbrücchen, the 2009 and 2012 Graacher’s available here are really starting to blossom! Everyone should drink at list one of these in their lifetime. Just a few drops on your tongue and the flavours will linger for 10 minutes!

The German System

Wow, even the most dedicated wine geek often has trouble getting their head around the German naming systems, something they’ve been working on simplifying!

When it comes to wines containing some level of grape sugar, the Germans have a classification that dictates ranges of sugar levels grapes for a specific wine must be picked at, in essence establishing a framework for the ripeness, amount of Bortytis and shrivel / raisoning the fruit should have when picked. The amount of grape sugar left in the wine after it has fermented, is up to the maker.

All of this super detailed information is interesting to know.

At the end of the day the most important thing is whether the wine meets those standard criteria for good wine. During Riesling Down Under it was great to hear winemakers from around the world, all saying they don’t care much for the numbers, they picked their fruit on flavour and made their wines to achieve balance and harmony.

The following is courtesy of Dr Loosen, who sums up German Riesling styles with sweetness beautifully

The Versatility of Riesling

Riesling is one of the few grapes that is capable of producing a complete spectrum of wine styles, from bone dry to lusciously sweet. The key to maintaining top quality throughout this broad range lies in a rigorous selection process. As the harvest progresses, we make daily decisions about each vineyard parcel based on the maturity of the fruit and the prevailing weather conditions. Healthy grapes are painstakingly separated from botrytis-affected fruit, and the various selections are vinified separately.

Classic Wines with Sweetness

Our traditional wines, with residual sweetness, are selected from the harvest according to their ripeness and flavour development. The finest lots from our classified vineyards are bottled with their corresponding single-vineyard name and ripeness (Prädikat) level. For the non-botrytis wines, there are two Prädikat levels, Kabinett and Spätlese.

Beyond the lightly sweet Kabinett and Spätlese bottlings, made without botrytis, there are three Prädikat levels of botrytis-selection wines that get progressively sweeter: Auslese, Beerenauslese [berry selection] and Trockenbeerenauslese [dried berry selection]. In addition, when vintage conditions allow it, we produce Eiswein from grapes that have frozen on the vine.

The picture from Dr Loosen above is a great illustration of the different conditions of grapes at harvest and the styles they are destined to make. You can see the level of Botrytis and shrivel / raisining increasing as we move through the styles from Kabinett to Trockenbeerenauslese. The Botrytis or Noble Rot, imparts wonderful flavours and textures to the wine, and is to be revered like the blue moulds of Rocquefort and the washed rind cheeses of Munster in Alsace, appropriately both cheeses marry beautifully with a glass of Riesling.

Note how the buckets are colour coded according to the end destination of the fruit and how little of the Trockenbeerenauslese is produced. The skill of pickers and willingness to pass through the vineyard several times to ensure all grapes are picked at the optimal time is the key to success.

The freshest style is Kabinett and as you move up the scale you’ll see additional complexity added by botrytis and other winemaking influences in addition to greater levels of sweetness. Each style whether Kabinett or Eiswein being perfect for consumption on different occasions with different foods. The Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and, Eiswein being exceptional dessert wines. Kabinett and Spätlese being suited to table wine consumption. The standard line for the German’s being that where the English offer tea to guests in the afternoon the German’s offer Kabinett or Spätlese wines, more akin to a table wine. That said I devoured a Wagner-Stemple Kabinett, with pasta and cheese on a 38°C day in Melbourne, perfection! Auslese sitting on either side depending on the style the estate makes.

This intense sorting process is beautifully articulated by Ernie Loosen from 2min 25sec in the vineyard below.

Prüm is an estate that prides itself in making beautifully balanced wines, no matter what the sugar level, that age incredibly well.

In 1993 I was hoovering bottles of Prüm, Spatlese and Auslese from 1983. All were still fresh and vibrant, yet, they had settled beautifully, showing great poise. These wines are from climates that often deliver bracing natural acidity. For the wine techies, pH is ofter 2.9-3.0, lower than, but, not far off Champagne, and, loads higher than Coke at a pH of 2.4. Again all the detail is irrelevant, the balance, poise and harmony in the glass being what really matters.

If you have any doubt about just how good these wines are, read this extract, from the article ’10 Things every wine lover should know about JJ Prüm’ by Stuart Piggot.

Take a look at Wine-Searcher’s summary of the world’s 50 most expensive wines, and you’ll find that none has as many white wines listed as Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm. This estate, located in the village of Wehlen in Germany’s Mosel wine region, is also known to wine lovers around the world as “J.J. Prüm”, or simply “J.J.”

Its Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) takes sixth place in the most-expensive list, with an average price of $5647. At #32 is the estate’s Riesling Beerenauslese (BA), and the Riesling Eiswein is at #43. All of these wines are from the famous Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard site.

Recent auction results at Zachy’s give an idea of J.J. Prüm’s desirability. In September, 12 bottles of 1983 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese “Gold Cap” sold for $2450, and at the La Paulée auction in March two lots of 3 bottles of 1959 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling TBA each went for $15,925.

What makes this achievement all the more remarkable is the fact that as a category, sweet whites still struggle to gain the popular recognition which experts accord them, and all the “J.J.” wines stand out for their finesse and delicacy rather than their power.

“The wines, whether a modest Kabinett or an opulent Beerenauslese, are the epitome of filigree elegance: light in body but intense in flavour, exquisitely balanced and precisely tuned, and capable of the most extra-ordinary longevity.  With the rise of so many excellent winemakers in the region, one might have supposed that J.J. Prüm, with its profound conservatism, might have been overtaken and left behind. Not a bit of it. The Estate remains where it has been for decades: at the summit.”  Stephen Brook, The Wines of Germany, Mitchell Beazley

The Prüm Estate

The film below explores aspects of Prüm with the 2013 Vintage as context. Although not the year we are offering there are some worthwhile insights shared.

The Mosel River Valley is probably the most famous and arguably the most admired wine region in Germany. In its wider sense, it includes the adjacent Saar and Rüwer (hence Mosel-Saar-Rüwer), both tributaries of the Mosel River, however, it is the middle Mosel (mittelmosel), in particular between and including the towns of Bernkastel-Kues and Erden that the most brilliant wines tend to be produced. Bernkastel, Grach, Wehlen, and Zeltingen are some of the most famous wine towns here. All of the vineyards of J.J. Prüm are located within this prestigious strip. The Prüm family history in the Mosel dates back as early as 1156! However, Johann Josef Prüm (1873 – 1944), founded the J.J. Prüm estate in 1911. Dr Manfred Prüm has led the estate since 1969. Now his daughter Katharina is taking over the mantle. The 13.5 hectare estate includes some 70% of ungrafted vines (because the phylloxera louse cannot survive in these slate soils.)

So what is the secret is to the quality of the J.J. Prüm wines? How is it that they differ so much in style and quality from the wines of most other Mosel producers? The answer, as always, lies mostly in the vineyards, backed up by winemaking of the highest order. Great sites, old vines, the lowest yields, very late harvesting and selection of only the best berries. In the winery, the winemaking is as natural as possible with as little intervention as possible. The wines typically need several years to start showing their best and can live and develop for decades. Generally speaking, the later the harvest, the longer the wine can live, so Spatlese is more age-worthy than Kabinett, Auslese more so than Spatlese, and so on.

All of the vineyards of J.J. Prüm are renowned yet it is the great Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard that is the most famous. This site lies opposite the village of Wehlen on a very steep, south-west facing slope between the Graach and Zeltingen vineyards. Stuart Pigott notes; “For wine lovers around the world, the Wehlener Sonnenuhr name is synonymous with great Riesling. In top vintages, the site yields the richest, silkiest, most seductive wines on the Mosel. The fame of these Rieslings is inextricably linked with that of the Joh Jos Prüm estate.” Having said this, Prüm also produces outstanding wine from benchmark sites in Graach (Graacher Himmelreich), Zeltingen (Zeltinger Sonnenuhr) and Bernkastel (Bernkasteler Badstube) and it is very difficult to pick these wines apart in blind tastings – they are all exceptional. Yet they all subtly express the unique personality of the vineyard in a given year.

The Vineyards in the Mosel Valley

Although the J.J. Prum vineyards all border each other along the same riverbank and share roughly the same soils (Devonian slate),  each site has subtle, yet important differences that result in quite distinctive styles of wine. We explore these in more detail in the wine reviews below. The vineyards we are looking at in this offer are those of Wehlener Sonnenuhr – The Sundial of Wehlen, Graacher Himmelreich – The Kingdom of Heaven, and, Bernkasteler Badstube.


You can see just how incredibly steep the vineyards of the Mosel can be and how dominant the slate rock is, often driving the root systems meters into the hillside.

The best vineyards of Germany’s Mosel Valley are incredibly steep, south-facing slopes with mineral-rich slate soil and a favourable position near the river. Excellent drainage and the heat-retaining quality of the rocky slate soil also help to produce fully ripe, concentrated wines. The combination of these elements results in racy, mineral-inflected Rieslings that are fruity, crisp and very refreshing to drink.

Map by Fernando Beteta, MS @fernandobeteta on Twitter

Bernkasteler Badstube is the last of the vineyard sites that can appear on a J.J. Prum label. This vineyard borders those of the Graacher Himmelreich on the latter’s southern edge. The Bernkasteler Badstube slopes are on a marginally shallower gradient, with deeper soils than the Graacher and Wehlener, while the western orientation allows the vines longer exposure to the afternoon sun. The Badstube typically produces a wonderfully floral, delicate and mineral wine. Overall, the wines are usually slightly more delicate in structure and weight when compared with the wines of Graacher or Wehlener but they are wonderfully racy and fine examples of the middle Mosel.

Graacher Himmelreich directly borders the southern edge of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. The wines from this site often often challenge those from its more famous neighbor, especially in hot, dry years. Graacher wines  attract with their racy acidity, a pronounced minerality (that reminds of crushed rock) and slightly different fruit aromas and flavours (more in the citrus spectrum). Often, the wines become accessible slightly earlier than the Wehlener Sonnenuhr and are deliciously mouth-watering when young. Looking at the vineyard conditions, the hill faces slightly more westwards than the  Wehlener Sonnenuhr , i.e. it has a more south-west exposure, it is a little less steep and has deeper soils which act as excellent water reservoirs.

The Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard has become intrinsically attached to the name of Joh. Jos. Prüm. The Estate owns five hectares of this majestic site. It offers perfect growing conditions for the Riesling grape with its deep, weather-beaten grey slate soil, good water support, extreme steepness of up to 70 % gradient, and its optimal south-south-west exposure. As for the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Wehlener Sonnenuhr is named after the sundial erected in the vineyard in 1842 by Jodocus Prüm, an ancestor of J.J. Prüm, to give the workers a better time orientation. The wines of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr generally possess excellent structure, show beautiful, ripe aromas and flavours (typically stone fruits, like peach, nectarine, apricot), a fine minerality and great depth and length. Especially after having been aged for some years, the harmony, finesse and expression of these wines is unique. Riesling guru Stuart Pigott has written; “Joh Jos Prüm’s Sonnenuhrs are classic examples of the way in which the best Mosel wine’s natural sweetness magnifies, rather than obscures, their character. These are a perfect marriage of Riesling’s peach-like, floral and mineral aspects. White wine cannot be fresher, more vivid and delightful.”

JJ Prüm’s 2016 Vintage Report

While the final overall annual statistic would be suggestive of a very average year in terms of temperatures, sunshine hours and rain, 2016 was anything but this: An extreme first half year with remarkable temperature variations and well-above average rain challenged the vines a lot, before they had to adopt to very calm, extremely dry weather conditions in the second half. Despite an unusually sunny August and September, the grapes ripened at leisurely pace, prompting us to start harvest only very slowly on 10th October. Very calm weather conditions in the following weeks allowed us to continue very unhurriedly, and finish only in mid November.

The long harvest brought us a well-balanced range of Kabinette, Spätlesen and Auslesen, and in the final phase a limited quantity of partially botrytis-affected Goldcapsule grapes. Though this was not a high botrytized vintage, we could also select a small portion of noble rot grapes at Beerenauslese level in November. Early tastings revealed wines of high balance and finesse, with a very pronounced minerality, expressing the vineyard characteristics particularly well. Katarina Prüm.

Read the full report here.

Preparing a Prüm Wine to Drink

Prüm’s winemaking often results in a burnt match aroma in young wines and wines just opened. As the wines age the character tends to dissipate. If you’re drinking a young Prüm it’s worth making sure you have time to allow it to breath in glass or to decant on opening if necessary. The 2016’s have less of this character than previous vintagious.

We have a selection of 2009, 2012 and 2015’s available is you’re feeling thristy! View them here.

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JJ Prum .. Riesling Masters of the Mosel, 2016’s & Museum Wines

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About the Wines

Kabinett Wines

JJ Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett Riesling 2016

91 Points

Behind some fermentative notes on the nose come Bernkastel-typical scents of mint-tinged lime and fresh dark cherry that set the theme for a delicate, polished, juicy palate performance. This finishes with lift and refreshment, its sweetness supportive but not at all blatant, and with subtle wet stone underpinnings perceived with watercolor-like transparency through a wash of fruit flavors.(DS) (1/2018)

Vinous

92 Points

Plenty of ripe apple and apple-blossom aromas, making this sleek and crisp Kabinett very attractive. The hint of blackcurrants might remind some drinkers of sauvignon blanc, but the wine is so much more elegant than the lighter wines of that grape. Drink or hold.

James Suckling

JJ Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling 2016

93 Points

The 2016 Himmelreich Kabinett AP #7 is a beautiful wine in the making. The nose wafts from the glass in a youthfully classic blend of pear, green apple, complex minerality, lime peel, a touch of petrol and a salty topnote. On the palate the wine is crisp, medium-bodied and still quite reserved on the palate, with ripe acids, lovely focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and very nicely balanced finish. This will be excellent, but like all J. J. Prüm wines, it will need some more bottle age before it starts to stir. 2024-2055+. (5/2018)

John Gilman

92 Points

Scents and juicy generosity of mint-tinged and honeysuckle-garlanded fresh apple and black currant are allied to a polished, glossy, buoyant palate presence, leading to a lusciously sustained, delicate finish tinged with crystalline stony inflections. The sweetness here is totally supportive and entirely discreet. This is one of those Kabinetts one seems to inhale in the finish, with floral perfume and wet stone prominent, and only sheer refreshment reminds you of its fluid nature. (DS) (1/2018)

Vinous Media

93 Points

Very youthful, but brimming with white fruits and minerals. This is easy to enjoy right now. However, in the background of this sleek beauty, there's a note of wet stones that grows through the long and cool finish. Drink or hold.

James Suckling

JJ Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett Riesling 2016

94 Points

Still a little funky from the wild ferment, but there are also beautiful notes of floras and ripe white peaches. Very elegant and polished with a super vibrant finish that makes you reach out for the glass again. Drink or hold.

James Suckling

Spätlese Wines

JJ Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese Riesling 2016

91 Points

The 2016 Spätlese AP #4 from the Badstube is a very good wine in the making, but it was pretty closed and reductive at the time of our tasting. With some rather extended swirling in the glass for encouragement, the wine eventually offers up a promising bouquet of green apple, pink grapefruit, petrol, slate, lime zest and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, medium-full and delicate in profile, with a nice mid-palate, bright acids and excellent focus and grip on the primary and zesty finish. This is a very, very young wine today and will need at least a decade of bottle age to really start to blossom, but it should prove to be a fine drink once it is ready to go. 2026-2055+ (5/2018)

John Gilman

92 Points

Sultry, headily sweet scents of lily and gardenia mingle with those of fresh apple and dark cherry. The buoyant, subtly creamy palate is loaded with inner-mouth perfume that carries into a lusciously lingering finish tinged with nicely contrasting alkaline and set stone notes. (DS) (1/2018)

Vinous

93 Points

A very bright white-fruit character. Sleek and very crisp with stunning freshness at the long, straight finish. Drink or hold.

James Suckling

JJ Prüm Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling 2016

93 Points

There are delicate spices and very attractive succulence to this Spätlese. The acidity is very much in the background until the finish lifts off. Drink or hold.

James Suckling

JJ Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese Riesling 2016

16.5 Points

Luscious yet restrained by strapping acidity giving a crisp citrus finish. Has a certain lightness on the palate which can’t help give the impression that something is missing. (RH)

Jancis Robinson

94 Points

Juicy but super elegant and refined with great mineral freshness, making this an extremely attractive wine. And yes, this has some sweetness but you'd hardly think so. Where are those spicy prawns? Drink or hold.

James Suckling

JJ Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling 2016

94 Points

The 2016 Wehlener “Sonnenuhr” Spätlese AP #12 is also a simply outstanding bottle in the making, and though it shares a bit of an expressive nature with the last two wines, it is a bit more buttoned up today behind its structural elements and will need just a bit more time in the cellar to blossom. But, this is typical of this vineyard! The bouquet is lovely and will be very complex in the fullness of time, as today it offers up scents of pear, delicious apple, vanilla bean, a marvelous undertow of slate, wild yeasts, a touch of citrus zest and a topnote of apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, medium-full and racy, with a lovely core, superb backend energy and laser-like focus on the very long and seamless finish. A classic. 2028-2060. (5/2018)

John Gilman

93 Points

Headily sweet scents of gardenia, lily and honeysuckle mingle with those of fresh apple and pear, setting the tone for a succulently fruity, delicate palate loaded with inner-mouth perfume. With an enveloping sense of richness, the finish lingers lusciously, almost decadently. It would be a shame not to allow this some time in bottle before uncorking -- advice which the Prüms would emphatically give you about all of their wines! (DS) (1/2018)

Vinous

95 Points

Welcome to the heart of the Mosel! A great floral beauty with an extremely precise balance of delicate fruit sweetness and filigree acidity. Drink or hold.

James Suckling

Auslese Wines

JJ Prüm Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2016

93 Points

Juicy, polished and gull of blossoms. It shows a very attractive balance of ripeness and acidity, making it hard to resist right now. But there's plenty of aging potential here.

James Suckling

93 Points

Prüm's 2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese (AP 18 17) is still a bit yeasty at this early stage (March 2018), but it is showing clear and ripe bright fruit. Lush and round on the palate, this is an intense but light and very quaffable Auslese with 7% alcohol. (SR) (4/2018)

Wine Advocate

JJ Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Riesling 2016

94 Points

This is another Prüm 2016 seductively loaded with floral perfume, but here it’s bittersweet, suggesting gentian and iris as well as honeysuckle. The palate and superbly sustained finish deliver delicacy allied to silken richness and gloss, featuring intense pear, pineapple, quince and almond paste flavors together with striking transparency to stony and maritime mineral nuances. (DS) (1/2018)

Vinous Media

93 Points

A rich and delicate Auslese with plenty of depth, but a light touch at the long graceful finish. Drink or hold. This is a wine that has a couple of decades ahead of it.

James Suckling

95 Points

The 2016 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese (AP 09 17) shows very fine botrytis and orange tea character on the delicate and nicely concentrated nose. Very elegant, piquant and lush on the palate, with mineral expression, refreshment and persistent structure, this is a serious and complex Auslese of great class. Highly recommended. (SR) (4/2018)

Wine Advocate

JJ Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2016

95 Points

Stunning succulence and subtlety. The concentration and power are completely underplayed until you get to the brain-rattling finish of this Mosel masterpiece. Drink or hold.

James Suckling

94 Points

The 2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (AP 13 17) is clear, fresh and vegetal/floral on the pretty complex but clear and refreshingly flinty nose. Bottled with 8.5% alcohol, this is a lush, piquant and well-structured Spätlese with good grip and a perceptible sweetness. The finish is intense and complex and reveals a firm mineral structure. (SR) (4/2018)

Wine Advocate

93 Points

Heady scents of honeysuckle and heliotrope vie for attention with ripe pear and quince. The creamy palate is enveloping and loaded with inner-mouth perfume; hints of mint, sage and pink grapefruit lend cooling and exotic allure. (I know it will strike some people as sacrilege to suggest this, but imagine that a bit of Scheurebe has been blended in.) This finishes with luscious intensity, if for now not the striking transparency of the corresponding Graacher Himmelreich. (DS) (1/2018)

Vinous

Goldkapsel Wines

JJ Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Riesling 2016 Goldkapsel

About Prüms Goldkapsel wines: Think of them as limited edition, rather small production lots of the best Auslese of a vintage. They are made from stronger selected grapes containing higher concentrated juice, usually affected by a certain amount of botrytis / noble rot, capable of aging even remarkably longer than “basic” Auslesen, lasting for many decades. In the course of time, they lose some of their sweetness, gain more and more elegance and harmony and the complex profile and depth come to the forefront. The labels are exactly the same, just the capsule and of course the price are different!

96 Points

A stunning Auslese with a delicate floral-honey character and a slew of yellow fruits. This is very seductive. The finish is very long and creamy. Drink or hold.

James Suckling

97 Points

What a fantastic bouquet! The 2016 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Gold Capsule is super deep, intense and precise on the nose where flinty/stony notes and very fine (and slightly spicy) raisin and grapefruit aromas are displayed. Rich, lush and super sexy on the palate, with highly delicate but intense and persistent fruit and very fine salinity, this is a gorgeous Auslese from the winner of the 2016 vintage chez Prüm: Graacher Himmelreich. This gold-capsuled Auslese (AP 10 17) is rich, finessed and almost weightless in its intensity. The salty and piquant acidity is alive and kicking. You can hardly produce a better Auslese in this delicate and filigreed style. 8% alcohol. (SR) (4/2018)

Wine Advocate

JJ Prüm Bernkasteler Lay Auslese Riesling 2016 Goldkapsel

97 Points

This is just beginning to give its best, but it will be even more exciting from 2019! Enormous energy and more than enough richness. The finish turbocharged, so hang onto your hat! Drink or hold.te and so sweet! Lychee.

James Suckling

JJ Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Riesling 2016 Goldkapsel

96 Points

Super elegant and filigree with a delicacy that you don't find in many other high-end white wines regardless of grape variety and region of origin. A very long and clean finish. Drink or hold.

James Suckling

96 Points

The 2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (Gold Capsule) is clear, fine and subtle yet concentrated, with vegetal and ripe fruit aromas. Rich, round and piquant, this is an intense and densely woven Auslese (AP 14 17) with a long, tensioned and refreshing mineral finish that lifts the sweet fruit. Gorgeous but made for another decade. (SR) (4/2018)

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JJ Prüm Bernkastler Johannisbrücchen Eiswein 2004

An insanely delicious dessert wine. Picked and pressed while the grapes are frozen, this vibrant, racy dessert wine conjures flavors of densely packed pear, apple and guava, with an intense, nervy edge in the aroma. It is luscious, silky and juicy on the palate, with bright acidity giving it a crisp, dynamic finish.

98 Points

Harvested at just over 130° Oechsle, this beautiful Eiswein only released by the Estate in 2016 offers a gorgeous nose of fresh pear, candied lemon, herbs, smoke and spices, with some apricot coming through with further airing. The wine is stunningly beautiful and vibrant on the palate and leaves the most vibrant and deeply fruity feel in the superbly long finish, with more apricot emerging in the after-taste. This deliciously light expression of Eiswein is simply stunning. Now-2034

Jean Fisch and David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines