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Online Wine Shop  >  Wines by grower - alphabetical  >  Dr F Weins-Prüm - Wehlen, Mosel

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Dr F Weins-Prum
Bert Selbach - Dr F Weins-Prüm
Sebastian Alois Prüm (1794 - 1871) was the patriarch of the original Prüm estate. Since Mathias Prüm (1835 - 1890) was the only one of his six sons to marry, the estate remained undivided for his generation. In 1911, however, it was finally divided among Mathias' four sons and three daughters. Anna Prüm (the youngest of the children) and her husband used their inheritance to create the Dr F Weins-Prüm estate.

A cellar with vaulted ceilings from an old Prüm home forms the foundation for today's manor house that the couple built in 1924. It is located on the banks of the Mosel in Wehlen, along with other Prüm homes (the photo above shows the
Weins-Prüm house on the left and the Joh. Jos. Prüm house on the right).

After World War II, daughter Marianne Weins married a Mr Selbach who came from an Ürzig wine growing family with a wine making tradition dating back to 1664. In the marriage, the Selbach holdings in Ürzig were transferred to the Dr F Weins-Prüm estate, adding to its existing holdings in Wehlen and Graach, which were inherited from the original Prüm estate. In 1952 the estate was expanded further, with the acquisition of some small plots in the famous Erdener Prälat vineyard, one of the great vineyard sites of the middle Mosel. Following a serious illness in 1978, Mr Selbach asked his son Hubert (pictured right - Bert for short, and a banker by profession) to take charge of the estate. Over 30 years later, Bert Selbach still makes the wines. The estate is also a founding member of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer V.D.P.  

The estate's vineyard holdings total around 5 hectares, 100% of which is planted to Riesling. The wines are beautifully made - elegant, expressive, pure of fruit, laden with mineral character and with a real sense of place or terroir. In fact, they are classic examples of their kind. And at a time when prices of wines from other top estates in the middle Mosel continue to rise inexorably, Bert Selbach
resolutely continues to charge very fair prices for his wines. Although the Weins-Prüm estate is of course part of a very old and very famous wine-making dynasty, these wines have not been available in the UK market (at least, not in recent years) until now. And we think that we have unearthed a real gem of an estate, whose wines certainly deserve to be better known. If you try them, we think you might just agree.






Dr F Weins-Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2009 Mosel
Dr F Weins-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese 2009
Vintage
2009
Region Wehlen, in the heart of the Mittel Mosel
Colour/Style White - off-dry, a hint of residual sweetness
Grapes 100% Riesling
Alcohol (a.b.v)
8.0%
Food On its own, or with spicy Asian food, fish or fresh fruit
Next day
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Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years

The residual sugar in this wine is accompanied by a considerable level of fruit intensity. Lime zest, mandarin orange and sweet apple flavours abound, with a strong hint of wet slate, and a fleeting whiff of fresh root ginger and oregano. The palate provides a veritable fruit cocktail of flavours - from peach and apricot at the sweet/luscious end of the spectrum, to apples, oranges and limes at the tangy end. It always amazes me how one single grape variety can produce a wine with such glorious fruit complexity. But this wine isn't just about the fruit - it also exhibits a strong backbone of clean, laser-like acidity and minerality, which combines effortlessly with the fruit flavours, in a wine of quite stunning purity and a level of enjoyment that transports me effortlessly to a warm summer day. My only worry is that it is just so delicious to drink now, it would be so easy to drink it well before its peak - which I would say will be in around 8 to 10 years. A fantastic wine.

 

Price:  £14.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Dr F Weins-Prüm Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese 2007 Mosel
Dr F Weins-Prum Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese 2007
Vintage
2009

Region Graach, in the heart of the Mittel Mosel
Colour/Style White - off-dry
Grapes 100% Riesling
Alcohol (a.b.v)
7.5%
Food On its own, or with spicy Asian food, fish or fresh fruit
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years

A bright, golden colour wih a watery rim and a nice hint of spritz on pouring, courtesy of a touch of residual CO2. The nose offers notes of dessert apples, lime, orange blossom and wet slate and is also beginning to develop a hint of petrol - trademark Riesling aromas, especially at this stage in its evolution. The palate is still all about fruit though, with concentrated flavours of peach, apricot, apple and citrus, not to mention a delicious grapiness. The texture is generous and mouth-filling, whilst the intense fruit flavours combine perfectly with the racy acidity and slatey minerality, the result being yet another wine which heightens the senses and leaves you wanting more. You can drink this with pleasure now, or age it for a further 8 or more years. Lovely wine. 

 

Price:  £14.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Dr F Weins-Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2009 Mosel
Dr F Weins-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 2009
Vintage
2009
Region Wehlen, in the heart of the Mittel Mosel
Colour/Style White - off-dry
Grapes 100% Riesling
Alcohol (a.b.v)
7.5%
Food On its own, or with spicy Asian food, fish or fresh fruit
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years

Ultra-pale straw/gold colour. The nose offers delicate aromas of spring flowers, stone fruits, lime zest and mandarin, with a hint of oregano. More than anything though, this wine speaks strongly of slate/minerality. The palate is loaded with all manner of citrus and stone fruit flavours, and is fairly rich and intense, even honeyed - as you would expect from a wine of this level of ripeness. But all of that intensity and richness is more than matched by utterly mouth-watering acidity and again a strong impression of minerality. The result is a wine of great focus, purity and elegance - and impressive length. As ever, this wine is just wonderful to drink now, but also has great cellaring potential. I would expect it to reach its peak sometime after 2020.

 

Price:  £17.30 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Dr F Weins-Prüm Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese 2009 Mosel
Dr F Weins-Prum Graacher Domprobst Auslese 2009
Vintage
2009
 
Region Graach, in the heart of the Mittel Mosel
Colour/Style White - off-dry
Grapes 100% Riesling
Alcohol (a.b.v)
7.5%
Food On its own, or with spicy Asian food, fish or fresh fruit
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years

A bright, limpid, pale yellow/straw colour. As with all of the Weins-Prum wines, the nose is delicate and refined, yet full of subtle complexity. This one shows plenty of wet slate minerality, even a hint of steeliness, but also plenty of fruit, in the way of dessert apples, lemon and flowers, along with an enticing hint of clarified butter. Again, the palate has a good deal of residual sugar, but this is tempered with intense, laser-like acidity and that ever-present mineralit, which carries through to a long, lingering finish. This really is elegant in the extreme - and another wine with tremendous potential to age and evolve. 

 

Price:  £16.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Dr F Weins-Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2006 Mosel (half bottle - 37.5 cl)
Dr F Weins-Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2006
Vintage
2006
Region Wehlen, in the heart of the Mittel Mosel
Colour/Style Dessert white - rich and unctious
Grapes 100% Riesling
Alcohol (a.b.v)
9.0%
Food On its own, or with fresh fruit, cheese, patés
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years

Bright, limpid yellow/gold colour. Quite viscous and rich in the glass. The nose displays intense minerality, reminiscent of wet slate with a hint of kerosene, but also a great deal of fruit/floral intensity, with complex aromas of lime marmalade, all manner of exotic fruits, orange blossom, honeysuckle and a definite whiff of botrytis. Whilst the "standard" Auslese bottlings from Weins-Prum tend towards the elegant, nervy, off-dry end of the spectrum, this one is pretty much a full-on sweet wine, with a level of residual sugar and concentrated, botrytised fruit which for my money places it at the very top end of the Auslese level. The depth and complexity of this wine really is something to behold - sweet dessert apple, peach, passion fruit, apricot and mandarin orange are just a few of the fruit flavours I can pick out, whilst the botrytis adds a honeyed richness, which is matched all the way to a long finish by delicious limey acidity. Current wine-searcher prices for Goldkapsel Rieslings of this sort of quality reveal some rather stratospheric prices, especially for the wines of this grower's next door neighbour JJ Prum. In fact, you would struggle to find a similar wine for under £20 per half - which marks this one out as a rather smart buy.

 

Price:  £12.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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