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2020 J.J. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Spatlese Riesling


Region: Mosel, Germany

Variety: Riesling

An estate more traditional than a bottle of Kabinett with schnitzel. Founded in 1911 by Johan Joseph Prüm and now helmed by the fourth generation of Prüm, Katerina, the wines of this estate are honest and elegant expressions of the vineyards they work with.

Although a pleasure to drink in their vivacious youth, patience is truly rewarded—particularly with the Spätlese and Auslese Pradikats. 

For heralded Mosel producer Johannes Selbach, 2020 was "the longest harvest ever recorded" resulting in wines that are more elegant than 2018 and less powerful than 2019.

Producers from further afield like Cornelius Dönnhoff and Theresa Breuer reported similar experiences, with Cornelius making the bold claim that the "fruit was perfect" and Theresa highlighting that the conditions allowed for "excellent ripeness". 

"The 2020 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese is slightly reduced at first but quickly reveals a beautifully refined and floral nose of aniseed herbs, tangerine, mint, smoke, herbs, and almond cream. The wine is nicely playful and light-weighted on the palate, yet it proves nicely complex and long. This is a delightful Spätlese in the making, which already proves very enjoyable now but will only reveal all its colors after a couple of years! 2027-2040." — Mosel Fine Wines