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Mosey into fine wine territory: Mosel’s Joh. Jos. Prum

Our offer for you today is not on Chardonnay from Burgundy’s Meursault or Puligny-Montrachet, but on the other, often overlooked fine white grape: Riesling. We mosey into the Mosel where you will find one of Germany’s most iconic and highly regarded producers, Joh. Jos. Prüm. We have the 2020 vintage in the cellar and with Spring not far off, we recommend stocking up.

Dear Reader,

Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm has been around since 1911 and today, you can expect to find the wines on the very best wine lists around the world. Furthermore, such establishments will most likely list older vintages because Riesling has incredible ageing potential and those of Joh. Jos. Prüm age with the very best.

Indeed, when it comes to the fine white wines of the world, for many it comes down to Chardonnay and Riesling vying for the top spot. Unlike Chardonnay, however, Riesling is most often the unsung hero. It is rather an enigmatic grape varietal; producing aromatic wine across an array of styles. It is also quite a hardy grape, demonstrating a high level of frost resistance and which is why it thrives in some of the coolest wine regions of the world, like Germany.

The estate in its current form consists of around 13.5 hectares of vineyards planted to Riesling on steeply-sloping, schist soils. The majority of Prüm’s holdings are situated in the prestigious middle Mosel (mittelmosel) vineyard sites, namely: Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Graacher Domprobst, Bernkasteler Lay, Bernkasteler Badstube and Bernkasteler Bratenhöfchen.

General fine wine market activity may not suggest it, but when it comes to evolution in bottle and being poured alongside some of the best food served anywhere in the world, Riesling is right up there and Joh. Jos Prüm is a leading flagbearer.

”I realize that the Prüms consider it heresy to drink their wines young, and I recognize from long experience how much they benefit from time in bottle. Nevertheless, to award scores well into the 90s for wines that I found hard to leave behind in the glass and then to suggest that one shouldn’t enjoy them already (after all, I certainly did!) strikes me as incongruous, if not downright ludicrous.”
David Schildknecht | Antonio Galloni’s Vinous

The 2020 vintage witnessed a very dry summer and while sugar levels are not up there with the immense 2019 wines, acidity levels remained very good and these are perhaps Rieslings to enjoy earlier – while 2018s and 2019s sit for a bit longer. For today’s offer, we have put together a mixed six-bottle case across the lighter Kabinett and then later picked Spätlese Rieslings. The pair of Auslese Rieslings are very limited so please make a request if you would like any of these.

Joh. Jos. Prüm 2020 line-up

R 3,580 per six-bottle case

Graacher Himmelreich | 2020 | Kabinett | x 1 bottle
Graacher Himmelreich | 2020 | Spätlese | x 2 bottles
Wehlener Sonnenuhr | 2020 | Kabinett | x 2 bottles
Wehlener Sonnenuhr | 2020 | Spätlese| x 1 bottle

On request basis only

Graacher Himmelreich | 2020 | Auslese | R 665 per bottle
Wehlener Sonnenuhr | 2020 | Auslese | R 750 per bottle