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February 25, 2010

Joh. Jos. Prüm dinner

Dinner at China Club, showcasing the wines of Joh. Jos. Prüm.  Hosted by Rare and Fine Wines with Dr. Katharina Prüm in attendance.

2008 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett - very young and fresh, with notes of pear, minerals, green apple, banana and tropical fruits.

2007 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett - classic nose, slightly pungent, with notes of plastic, polyurethane, a little minerality, and a bit of marmalade on the finish.

2004 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett - nose of minerals, petrol, a hint of plastic, green apples and a hint of muscat grapes. This was clearly a more complex wine compared to its younger sibling.

2007 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese - almost my wine of the evening. Very complex, with lots of minerals, petrol and plastic in the nose. Being a spätlese it was naturally sweeter, with a little bit of orange rind on the palate. Beautiful and a pleasure to drink.

2005 Les Fiefs de Lagrange - inserted by the local agent coz they thought that us "local people" only drink red wine and couldn't possibly sit through an all-white dinner. How wrong they were... This was a really funky wine... there was sweet fruit in the nose, with some vanilla and caramel from the oak barrels, but the nose was dominated by what I thought was a mix of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce or some sort of a barbeque sauce. There were notes of mint and smoke, too.

2007 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese - very fresh and fruity, with nose of plastic and candied pomelo rind. The wine is rich and smooth now, sweet (as ausleseshould be) but with good acidity.

1995 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese - not surprisingly, this was my wine of the evening. A huge nose of petrol, mineral, slate and perhaps a hint of white pepper? For a wine that is almost 15 years old, the color was surprisingly pale - no doubt the result of the slow aging process as it sat in the cellars at the estate until very recently. The wine was surprisingly dry on the palate, especially for auslese. Katharina said that their wines are made to age, and the proof was in my glass. What an amazing wine! And how I would love to watch it develop over the next 10 years!

Full post on dinner is here.

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