“With the exception of Rayas and Bonneau, I have never tasted a Chateauneuf of this stature, in the Burgundian vein. Mind blower and then some…..”
Producer Profile – The Story
RAISON D’ETRE – Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc and Rouge
FROM BURGUNDY WITH LOVE – Rotem and Mounir Saouma own the iconic micro negociant Lucien Le Moine in Beaune and have been at the top of 1er and Grand Cru Burgundy for some years now. With a passion to own their own vineyards they made the leap and purchased some superb terrior in Chateauneuf-du Pape.
GRENACHE – The Saouma’s also rent the lieu-dit Pignan, very close to Chateau Rayas as they believe Grenache is the noblest expression of CNDP and is 80% to 100% of their blend in both their red cuvees.
MODERN OR JUST OLD SCHOOL – Mounir seems to so often be labelled a ‘modernist’ due to his whole bunch and long elevage techniques which he has continued in his CNDP estate. In fact, as he says himself its “as traditional as it gets” given the winemaking history of Burgundy. The grapes here are never destemmed, get a cold maceration for 7 to 11 days, and are crushed in a small basket press; only free-run juice is used. Most important, in Saouma’s view, is the fact that he uses all of the wines’ lees during their elevage, which can run up to four years, in the Bonneau style. He admits that he’s still getting the feel for grenache and it’s associated varieties and he’s using a variety of vessels to raise his wines, including terra cotta amphorae. (Josh Reynolds notes in part)