2015 J.J. Prum Riesling Auslese Graacher Himmelreich
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $44.94 (reg. $49.94)
A favorite of Sommeliers and wine-geeks alike, J.J. Prüm is a Mosel icon, and under the leadership of Dr. Manfred Prüm (and now Dr Katharina Prüm as well), it remains one of the most reliable sources of world-class Riesling. Between Katharina, Manfred and his father Sebastian, the estate of J.J. Prüm has nearly a century long track record making Riesling with impressive longevity. Their 2015 Rieslings are stunning across the board, and according to James Suckling, the greatest vintage for Prüm in the 21st century thanks to the “concentration and brilliance” of their wines. In the best and worst vintages, Prüm is a can’t miss estate, and their 2015 Auslese from the Graacher Himmelreich vineyard is a sure-fire classic.
2015 was a gift to winemakers, and nowhere was it better appreciated than the Mosel. The weather was warm and even throughout the season but then cool at harvest, which allowed German cellarmasters to make stellar Riesling at every level from Kabinett to Beerenauslese. The Graacher Himmelreich vineyard translates to ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and is a true grand cru level site in the Mosel. The extremely deep soils of Devon and blue slates gives the wine a resilience and minerality that excels even in drier vintages.
The top wines of the Mosel are routinely some of the greatest values in wine, after all where else can you get a 96pt Riesling with decades of life ahead for just $44.94? Grab a case to lay down for the next decade or three, you won’t be disappointed! Cheers!