2018 Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese GOLDKAPSEL 375ml

Mosel, Germany

Iconic, rare, sweet yet racy German Riesling - the pinnacle of what Riesling can be.




About The Wine

JJ Prum might be the most renowned Riesling producer in the world, and their 2018 releases are again exceptional. The Auslese styles carry a good amount of residual sugar (some botrytis), ringing acidity and intense citrusy concentration, and the Goldkapsel, or Gold Capsule, is Prum's internal classification as the best wines they can make.

Graach is the village on steep banks of the Mosel, and Himmelreich (the Kingdom of Heaven) is the vineyard directly up the slope towards the forested hill crest.

A truly luscious and powerful wine. It needs a bit of aeration to open up the citrus, smoky aromatics, then the palate reveals layers of stonefruit, grapefruit, and the tell-tale rocky minerality of the site. Could age for decades, though this vineyard is typically an earlier drinking site than Wehlener Sonnenuhr.

About Joh Jos Prum

Founded in 1911, and sporting one of the great unbroken track records for quality (save a short reprieve during World War II), J.J. Prum is one of the great wine producers of Germany, and indeed, the world.

These rare sweet wines are legendary for their incredible longevity, purity, and articulation of place. They are touted by critics as some of the finest examples of Riesling to be found anywhere on the planted. As Stephan Reinhardt once wrote, "the world always seems a better place with a glass of Prüm in hand."

The Prum family has seen the estate through three generations, with current director Dr. Katharina Prum taking hold of the reins during the 2007 harvest. With Katharina's commitment to tradition and quality from her family's label, J.J. Prum is sure to remain one of the benchmarks of the Mosel for decades to come.

Additional Info

From The Producer

"Think of them as limited edition, small production lots of the best Auslese of a vintage. They are made from stronger, selected grapes containing higher concentrated juice, usually affected by a certain amount of botrytis, capable of ageing even remarkably longer than "basic" Auslesen, lasting for many decades. Over time, they lose some of their sweetness, gain more and more elegance and harmony, and the complex profile and depth come to the forefront."

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 7%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2040

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


In contrast with this year's "regular" Himmelreich Auslese, this gold capsule interpretation evokes the citricity that I associate with the site. Headily scented, glossy and lusciously rich, it is at the same time cooling and refreshing, evoking a lime and grapefruit sorbet infused with Chartreuse-like floral and herbal essences. At the same time, quince paste, marzipan and overripe honeydew melon, reinforced by prominent sweetness, weigh in on the confitured, confectionary and decadent side. The impressively persistent finish is soothingly sustained and pure... - David Schildknecht (Vinous)


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