We sold out of this after our offer a few months back, but we were able to get a small reload. Every time we try this Cuvee, we are impressed, and even at this level, it hangs in with some of the best Chateauneuf du Pape Blancs out there at a fraction of the price. We've been so awe-struck by the Rotem's Rhone project, and throughout the lineup, the wines are spectacular. The Inopia is pretty jaw-dropping at this pricing, and few old-world white wines can compete at such a low cost of entry. There are a few nice notes for this wine as well from Decanter and Jeb Dunnuck below. The Inopia is a fantastic value, our all-time best sellers in the category, and a must-try.
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Once again, this husband and wife team behind Lucien Le Moine has surprised us with their Burgundian touch in the Southern Rhone. After trying their fantastic 'Omnia' bottling, it was clear that the wines here were not just a side project for fun and that this duo is trying to make the best wine they can from this terroir down to the village level. Inopia is a blend of Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier tended with a non-interventionalist approach and a higher planting density than the regional norm. The fruit is pressed whole cluster, fermented, and aged in 500-liter barrels and 1500 liter amphora. The purity and refinement on the nose were apparent with beautiful perfumed layers of ripe orchard fruit, citrus, acacia honey, and chalky minerality. The palate is rich but balanced with excellent acidity that lifts the mid-palate in a graceful, energetic fashion leading into a persistent saline finish. While this is a wine from the Southern Rhone, it goes against the region's norm with beautiful elegance and energy. We tried the Inopia blanc over three days, and it showed no signs of stopping reminding us of a Southen Rhone meets Chablis. Inopia a gorgeous bottle of wine and highly recommended for all types of white wine drinkers.
Decanter 93 points! "Certainly among the very best Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages wines I've ever tasted. It has the smoky, struck-match reduction that is often associated with certain Burgundian estates, but which works brilliantly with Rhône varieties, too. Linden, citrus and smoke on the nose, then an expansive palate where acidity, salinity and further smoke notes help to bring a sense of balance, before the long finish. A very dry, very stylish white Rhône."
Jeb Dunnuck 91-93 points! "From vines around the estate, just north of Orange, the 2017 Côtes du Rhône Inopia Blanc is a mix of Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette, and Bourboulenc. It's a sensational Côtes du Rhône Blanc that offers up loads of minerality as well as orchard fruits, brioche, toasted almonds, and white flower aromas and flavors. This Burgundian styled beauty has beautiful depth, vibrant acidity, and a great finish. Burgundy-based Mounir Saouma continues to make exotic, singular wines from his cellar located north of Orange. The estate likes to include lots of press wine, keep wine on skins for years, and bottle unfined and unfiltered."
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 91 points! "Layers of honeyed citrus and toasted nuts unfold on the nose of the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Villages Inopia Blanc. Mainly Grenache Blanc, but with a decent amount of other Southern Rhône varieties, it's a rich, full-bodied white that retains a sense of balance and lingers a long time on the finish. Drink this decadent wine over the next year or two."