Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling, Kabinett
JJ Prüm

Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling, Kabinett,

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vintage

JJ Prüm, Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling, Kabinett, 2011

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
JJ Prüm, Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling, Kabinett, 2011

Fresh, fragrant and inviting, a wonderfully fine, sunny and lacy example of Mosel, pretty fruit blossom, apple and herb characteristics The Himmelreich of Graach is a first rate vineyard, the soils are a little deeper and richer than the Wehlener Sonnenuhr and the site is little less sun-blanched. The wines as a result are often full of soft fruit and youthful charm with typically more acidity but less minerality than those of the Sonnenuhr. Harvest was at the beginning of October after an early start to the growing season, the grapes hang time was therefore long, this has resutled in what Katharina Prum considers to be a very fine and charming vintage similar to 2007 and 2009 but more savoury and mineral.

Maturity:
Keep/Drink
ABV:
12%
89/100
Joel Payne, Vinous
Date Reviewed:
01/2014

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Germany
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JJ Prüm

JJ Prüm

Joh. Jos Prüm is one of the Mosel’s, if not the whole of Germany’s, most revered and respected Estates. For many years run by the inimitable Manfred Prüm, it is his daughter Katharina who is now at the helm, with Manfred making only the occasional appearance in the tasting room. This is a staunchly traditional address, and amongst the most enigmatic as no-one has yet made it down to the mysterious cellars. In the Sonnenuhr of Wehlen the Prüms own a portion of one of the Mittel Mosel’s top vineyards. Its steep south-facing dark slate slopes tend to result in deeply flavoured, mineral yet rich and smoky wines. In addition, they manipulate some plots in the next door Himmelreich of Graacher which produces animated and engaging wines, with fresh acidities and plenty of energy. It is a vineyard that can excel in warmer years. There are also vines in Zeltingen Sonnenuhr and Bernkastler Lay that tend to produce one or two expressions each year. These are unashamedly classic examples of Mosel Riesling, exciting and long-lived wines produced predominantly in stainless tanks to avoid the addition of too much sulphur. They are bottled later than most Mosel and often take a few years in bottle before showing the true character, but patience will be rewarded! Old bottles from this estate are much sought after…

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