Rotem & Mounir Saouma Châteauneuf-du-Pape Omnia 2016
Winemaker Notes :
Stunning: precise, intense, complex, expressive visions of Châteauneuf. They somehow speak to the past, but also to the present (and we would guess the future), all in their own voice.
Blend: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mouvedre
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Rotem & Mounir Saouma|
Wine SpectatorSublime, with a beguiling mouthfeel to the layers of cherry puree, steeped plum and warmed raspberry coulis fruit flavors, melded with rooibos tea, bergamot, incense and jasmine notes. The long finish features subtle minerality and remarkable persistence, seeming to move with grace. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2021 through 2045. 125 cases imported.
DecanterI had the chance to look at three different components for this wine: samples from a concrete egg (powerful and explosive fruits and grainy textures), from 500-litre cask (drier, firmer and more serious), and from foudre (intense and juicy, with a just-pressed freshness). The fruit mass, drama and power is hugely impressive here, but there’s a stony residue too. Surely a great Omnia in the making. Barrel sample.
Jeb DunnuckA step up over the 2017, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Omnia is a similar Grenache-dominated blend sourced from multiple terroirs in the appellation. It has a crunchy, exotic style as well in its purple fruits, violets, spring flowers, and crushed rock-like aromas and flavors. I love its texture, it's beautifully balanced, has notable concentration, and is just a classic, impeccably made wine from this estate. Drink it over the coming decade or so.
Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Omnia is somewhat Burgundian in spirit. It's lighter in hue than many Châteauneufs and has silky tannins, yet it still offers ample body in the mouth. Reticent at first on the nose-Saouma advocates decanting his wines-with air, hints of charred coffee beans give way to raspberry fruit and hints of garrigue. This is smooth and linear in shape for red Châteauneuf, showing some dusty tannins on the extended finish.