Rotem and Mounir Saouma Châteauneuf-du-Pape Magis 2020 (96 WS)
“Powerful and sleek, this shows a glistening beam of yellow apple wrapped in stylish oak, with tremendous underlying concentration. Modern and very well-executed, with a saline streak, this hums with mineral energy and impressive structure on the seemingly never-ending finish.” – K.B. 10/23
Rotem and Mounir Saouma
Another unsurprising but jaw-dropping discovery when encountering the Saouma wines: Magis, Mounir’s white Châteauneuf 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 Châteauneuf is white, and virtually all of it is bottled after 6 months. Mounir’s Châteauneuf 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.