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Rotem & Mounir Saouma Omnia 2013
Omnia, Latin for "all," is a wine that attempts to encompass the full diversity of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation, both in its terroir and vinification. Fruit comes from vineyards in all 5 of the Chateauneuf communes (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Courthezon, Sorgues, Bedarrides and Orange) and aged in foudre, cement and 500 liter barrels. The aging is as Mounir ages his Burgundies: extremely long, never racked, no fining, no filtration. It would be easy to say that we expected the experience running one of Burgundy's leading producers, Lucien Le Moine, would show in Mounir's wines. But the actual results need to be tasted to be believed and understood: a wine with beguiling fruit and savory richness, yet extraordinary finesse and detail.
Wine SpectatorAlluring, with cinnamon, black tea and violet aromas leading the way for a rich, yet silky and refined, core of raspberry, plum and red currant coulis flavors. The long finish is gilded with shiso leaf and iron notes, staying refined all the way. Beguiling, but still tightly coiled, so cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2018 through 2028.