Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2019

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John Gilman
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James Suckling
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Robert Parker
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Jancis Robinson MW
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JJPG201911 UCAU
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"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 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.
"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 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.

Scores & Reviews

98 / 100

John Gilman

The 2019 Himmelreich Spätlese from Katarina Prüm is utterly brilliant! The bouquet is so expressive already, soaring from the glass in a constellation of fresh pineapple, lime, casaba melon, bee pollen, wild yeasts, a beautiful base of minerality and a pungent floral topnote divided between scents of white lilies, apple blossoms and lilacs. On the palate the wine is pure, dancing and medium-full, with flawless balance and grip, laser-like focus, beautiful mineral undertow and a very, very long, filigreed and lifted finish. This is the most stunning young Himmelreich Spätlese I have ever tasted from the Prüm family! Do not waste bottles opening them too soon!

96 / 100

James Suckling

Great interplay between delicate exotic-fruit aromas and cool, northerly elements (also apples and fresh herbs) in the nose and on the medium-bodied, concentrated palate, the acidity very bright and stony and driving the very long, whiplash finish. There is some natural grape sweetness in there, but you barely notice it. Drink or hold.

94 / 100

Robert Parker

The 2019 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese is coolish and flinty on the slate-dominated nose that reveals an intense but herbal and terroir-driven bouquet. Sweet and finessed on the palate, this is a crystalline, elegant and salty-piquant Spätlese with a still astringently mineral finish. (SR)

17 / 20

Jancis Robinson MW

AP number 12 20. I'm quite aware of sulphur on the nose here. Very high level of acidity. Racy and bright-fruited though almost painfully tart at this stage. Great delicacy. Extreme juiciness. A mountain stream in a bottle? This really sings but isn’t nearly ready.