Region: Mosel, Germany
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 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese offers a beautifully pure and ripe nose of smoke, grapefruit, lime, vineyard peach, minty herbs, and bacon-driven aromatics from residual from its spontaneous fermentation. The wine coats the palate with gorgeously ripe and juicy notes of fruits and leaves a superbly pure, smooth, and almost soft and suave feel in the hugely long finish. The aftertaste is still loaded with sweetness in need of integration, which will need quite some time to integrate. There is upside potential as the wine gains finesse with age." — Mosel Fine Wines