Friday, June 21, 2019

97 Point CDP!!!

Rare - only 125 cases imported!!

2016 Rotem & Mounir Saouma  Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Omnia"...$99.98
Sublime, with a beguiling mouthfeel to the layers of cherry puree, steeped plum and warmed raspberry coulis fruit flavors, melded with rooibos tea, bergamot, incense and jasmine notes. The long finish features subtle minerality and remarkable persistence, seeming to move with grace. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2021 through 2045.
125 cases imported.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Spectator

You absolutely must try this Chateauneuf-du-Pape made by a Lebanese winemaker who also is a top-tier Burgundy negociant.
Admittedly, this is not much of a sales pitch. But, let me explain:
Mounir Saouma and his wife, Rotem, moved to France in 1995. Mounir wanted to be winemaker in Burgundy, but his unique style of winemaking made it hard for him to find permanent residence. So, he started a micro-negociant under the name "Lucien le Moine". He purchased newly fermented wines, then raised them and bottled them. His Premier Cru and Grand Cru cuvees are generally less than 75 case lots, and they are among the most sought after in the area.

Saouma eventually wanted to purchase his own property, but since that is nearly impossible to do in Burgundy, he set his sights on the Rhone Valley. Much like his highly regarded Burgundies from Lucien le Moine, Mounir's Chateauneufs are made with the utmost care and precision, hence the miniscule production. We were able to score 5 of the 125 cases imported to the US.

This wine is an incredible wine with great depth and complexity. A true standout. Don't sleep on it!

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