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Joh. Jos. Prüm ‘Graacher Himmelreich’ Riesling Spätlese
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! 98 points, John Gilman
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. 96 points, James Suckling
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