Rotem and Mounir Saouma Châteauneuf-du-Pape Magis 2019 (96 JS)
“A perfumed nose of flint, gunpowder, wet stone, baked lemons, pears and apple skin. Full-bodied with so much nuance and depth. Layered and effortlessly balanced. This really commands your attention from start to finish. Leaves a buzz on the palate. Superb. This can age, but also why wait?” – J.S. 9/22
Rotem and Mounir Saouma
Another unsurprising but jawdropping discovery when encountering the Saouma wines: Magis, Mounir’s white Chateauneuf from the heavily limestone Pierredon vineyard in Bedarrides. It makes sense that a producer of great white Burgundy would quickly become enchanted by the possibilities here. Only 3% of Chateauneuf is white, and virtually all of it is bottled after 6 months. Mounir’s chateauneuf is aged 18-24 months and has already been compared to some of the great white Burgundy crus for its depth and minerality.
Rhône Valley, France
Burgundy meets the Rhone. An utter respect for tradition, and in some ways a total break. We've watched as Mounir and Rotem Saouma, of Burgundy producer Lucien Le Moine, slowly developed their estate and wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and the results today are too extraordinary and distinct to ignore.