2015 Rotem & Mounir Saouma Châteauneuf-du-Pape Omnia$79.99
Wow-what a fantastic bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape from the owners that make Lucien Le Moine red Burgundies. The 2015 Omnia (which means in Latin everything) is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre. The wine comes from their small estate, with a majority of the vines coming from a plot in Pignan, with the other grapes coming from four other communes in Chateauneuf du Pape. The grapes are vinified, just like the way they make their red Burgundies. The whole cluster fruit is pressed then left in the tank to macerate for eight days. Then transferred into a combination of foudres, cement, barrels, and eggs even where the wines go thru primary and secondary fermentation. The wine is left in their vessels on the healthy lees for 18 months with no punch downs, pump overs, or racking, with a minimal amount of sulfur added. The wines are then bottled unfined and unfiltered. The Saouma’s having deep roots in the Burgundy region fashioned the most Burgundian in style Chateauneuf du Pape I have ever tasted. The purity of the fruit in the wine is uncanny and genuinely explodes from the glass. The palate is so refined; with perfect balance, you have to remind yourself you are drinking a Chateauneuf du Pape, not red Burgundy. The alcohol level in this wine, although over 14 %, is not detectable, which is typically not the case with some of the massive Chateauneuf du Papes that are produced. Drinkable now but I would suggest decanting, this wine should age effortlessly for a decade or two if you can keep your hands off of it. A truly monumental effort that should not be missed at USA low pricing by 25% or more!
Vinous (Josh Raynolds) 96 pts! Deep brilliant crimson. An expansively perfumed, expressive bouquet evokes ripe cherry and raspberry, incense, lavender and Moroccan spices, and a smoky mineral flourish adds urgency and lift. Shows impressive depth as well as energy in the mouth, offering alluringly sweet red fruit liqueur, floral pastille, succulent herb and spicecake flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. In a suave, distinctly graceful style for its heft, showing outstanding delineation and a sexy floral nuance on the strikingly long, penetrating finish, which features deftly interwoven tannins and resonating mineral and red fruit qualities. (Drink between 2023-2034)