Iconic German Estate Launches 2021 Vintage with London Tasting 


 Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm, the iconic German wine estate in the Mosel, has never formally launched a new vintage with an event in the UK. This year, for the first time, they will release the 2021 vintage with a tasting at the elegant Pushkin House in London on 6th September. The tasting will be invite-only for the UK importers of Prüm and their guests. Among the key importers are Howard Ripley Wines, Berry Bros & Rudd, Flint Wines, Farthinghoe Vintners, Corney & Barrow, Justerini & Brooks, Raeburn Fine Wines and The Wine Society. 

The 2021 vintage saw a return to cooler temperatures than the preceding trio of vintages in 2018, 2019, and 2020, leading to wines that show great freshness and energy. 

The 2021 vintage in Germany is predominantly Kabinett and Spätlese, with some smaller quantities of Auslese. Katharina Prüm says that during the estate’s harvest “the highest concentration reached was a crisp Auslese level – there was not any considerable amount of botrytized grapes picked.” 

She goes on to describe the challenges of the vintage: “Winter 2021 was overall cold, humid and also lasted a bit longer than in the previous two years. Rainfall in Spring was good and peaked in a memorable July, where Bernkastel had 130% more rain considering the long-term average. The Summer remained relatively cool and pure blue skies were a rarely seen picture. Stats don’t lie: April, May, July and August were all below the long-term-average in terms of temperature!” 

Despite the obstacles, she is excited about the quality of the wines that came out of 2021: “We look forward to wines full of energy and leanness that might not be early charmers, but will reward especially the ones who show patience with this possibly ‘back to the 80ies’ vintage.” 

The 2021s from Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm will be available for sale en primeur on 6th September 2022, and the wines are expected to arrive in the country in late 2022/early 2023. 

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