TN: Two Older Germans...(short/boring)

Lunch Monday to celebrate Laura’s 50’th BD (1971):

  1. Joh.Jon.Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (QmP; A.P.Nr.25 76 511 2572; EA; 10%) 1971: Deep golden/burnished bronze color; beautiful cedary botrytis/peachy/apricotty old Mosel very complex nose; bit soft very rich/lush intense botrytis/apricotty/peachy slightly sweet cedary slight R/floral very complex beautiful flavor; very long/lingering slightly sweet mostly botrytis/peachy/apricotty very slight R/floral very complex old Mosel cedary beautiful finish that goes on&on; a beautiful fully mature JJPrum that should go on another 10 yrs at least; no signs of oxidation; very pricey at $10.99 (Berbiglia)

  1. Bischofliches Priesterseminar Wiltingen Kupp Qualitatswein (feinste Auslese; Eiswein; geerntet am 26.12.1970; EA) Trier 1970: Deep golden/bronze color; slight earthy rather grapey/cedary ripe R/floral somewhat LateHrvst/passito-like bit smokey/cedary fairly complex lovely nose; fairly tart grapey/R/bit floral rateher passito/LateHrvst slightly sweet bit simple interesting some complex flavor; fairly long fairly sweet grapey/floral/R/LH/passito cedary bit complex finish; a lovely fully mature Eiswein but a bit diminished in intensity; way overpaid at $14.19 (K)

A wee BloodyPulpit:

  1. The emphasis was finding wines of Laura’s BirthYear. Both of these wines had no signs of leakage and the corks were solid & came out intact w/ an AhSo.
    Both of these wines were in beautiful shape, no signs of oxidation, no signs of going round the bend. I was expecting a bit more intensity in both of them, but the complexity was there. These wines should go on another 10-15 yrs but will probably just fade in intensity and gently fade away into the sunset.
    I find that most Eisweins just don’t develop the complexity you get in Auslese/BA/TBA wines w/ botrytis. That was certainly true of this Eiswein.
    Bear in mind that 1970 was the yr just before the German’s instituted their game-changing wine laws in 1971. Thus no A.P.Nr. on the Eiswein. And the term feinste Auslese was prohibited.
    The BD girl fully deserved these two gems.
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Two older Germans… sorry, I kind of reckoned you were about to tell a joke :slight_smile:

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If you ever need another person to help you drink your wines feel free to PM me [cheers.gif] . $10.99 is pretty pricey for sure. I will give you $15 a bottle for all of the rest of your 71 JJ WS Auslese just to do you a favor :slight_smile:

But seriously, awesome stuff. Thanks for sharing the notes

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Whatta generous offer, Gavin. How can I pass that up. Alas, this was my last btl of all my '71 Germans. The end of an era. In the early '70’s, I learned to appreciate German
whites from drinking the '71’s. Still have a half dozen or so of the '76’s left.


Here, I’ll start it off:

Two older Germans walked into a bar and each asks for a glass of 1971 TBA. The bartender says, “____________.”

[Which reminds me of a riesling-antitrust crossover joke: One day my law school roommate returned home after antitrust. His prof was Philip Areeda, who was known as an oenophile. At the end of class that day, Areeda had said, “Next day, we’ll take up the TBA cases. And I don’t mean Trockenbeerenauslese.” My roommate said he was pretty sure he was the only person who got the joke.

For those of you who know riesling but not antitrust, the TBA cases grew out of gas station franchises, where the oil companies required station operators to buy the oil companies’ brands of Tires, Batteries and Accessories.]

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That tying stuff is still percolating around. Look at the aggrieved franchisees of Tim Hortons trying to get out of arbitration (and into court) to fend off having to buy overpriced flour/coffee/sugar etc.

It’s enough to drive a Canadian to Icewine!!!

Thanks for the writeup, Tom - sounds lovely. Always fun to look at the price tags on old bottles!