JJ Prum 2017 Release

JJ Prum 2017 Release

Shine on you crazy diamonds: the top wines of the erratic 2017 vintage in Germany are dazzling
Although many of the best wines from the 2017…. are still very young, they already make it clear that some kind of miracle occurred there. For many of the leading producers, the growing season brought multiple moments of despair as nature threw one major obstacle after another in their path, yet the best wines have ended up with great expressiveness and a diamond-like brightness. STUART PIGOTT

With the rise of so many excellent winemakers in the region, one might have supposed that J.J. Prüm, with its profound conservatism, might have been overtaken and left behind. Not a bit of it. The Estate remains where it has been for decades: at the summit. STEPHEN BROOK, The Wines of Germany

What is the old saying, “Save the best till last” well that is certainly the case for the 2017 German Riesling offers for the year with J.J. Prum. For those who may not recall 2017 was a brilliant vintage across most of Germany’s major Riesling production areas but it came at a cost. Many of the regions faced the full wrath of mother nature in 17 as frosts decimated many of Europe’s premium wine regions, reducing yields by frightening amounts in some cases. One producer in the Mosel, Dr Loosen, noted that he had frost for the first time in recorded history on some vineyards.

Silver lining to that cloud is quality is absolutely fantastic. The 17s Prums I tasted, which is most of them, have a crackling energy and a cut to the fruit that I haven’t seen in some years. They are incredibly transparent with real site specific characters even in their infancy, something that perhaps was lacking from a vintage like 2015. They are buoyant and bursting with life and while they, as is often the case with Prum, are so appealing now you know that these wines have a very long life ahead of them. For me I think I prefer them to the two previous vintages which is a big call as both 15 and 16 were vintages that captured the attention of fans, 17s pip them for that stunning display of terroir and for the interplay each pradikat shows between the sugar and acidity, it sizzles this year.

Not shy about telling people that Prum may be my favourite producer of white wine anywhere on the planet.


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