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October 27, 2011

MNSC Rhone Trip Day 5: Clos Saouma

Visit to newly-established Clos Saouma, and I was surprised to find that Rotem had come down from Beaune along with husband Mounir Saouma. They are the proprietors behind Burgundy's Lucien Le Moine.  I also didn’t realize that they had bought land in this part of France, and had been making wine for the last couple of years.

Mounir’s philosophy here is to do as little as possible. He uses cold maceration for the grapes, and the wines are aged with ALL the lees in the barrel, with no racking whatsoever until the wines are actually bottled.

2011 Clos Saouma Omnia Rouge – planted on sandy soil. Minty and a little chalky.

2011 Clos Saouma (unnamed Châteauneuf-du-Pape, from Pignan) – bigger nose with more tannins. Sweet fruit and mineral.

2010 Clos Saouma Omnia Rouge - much bigger wine, with leather, toast, oak, exotic spices.  Nice acidity  balance and tannins.

2010 Clos Saouma (unnamed Châteauneuf-du-Pape, from Pignan) - toasty, lively and cold (not overripe) fruit.  Pretty high acidity and less tannins here.

2009 Clos Saouma (unnamed Châteauneuf-du-Pape, from Pignan) - once again, cold (not hot and ripe) fruit, sweet.  Acidity is there and the tannins are good.

2010 Clos Saouma (Omnia) Blanc - made with 70% Grenache Blanc.  Huge and heavy nose of toast, corn, like Chardonnay from Burgundy.  Sweet on the attack with a slightly acidic finish and very long length.

2011 Clos Saouma (Omnia) Blanc - flinty, sweeter nose, toasty and mineral.  Still going through alcoholic fermentation.

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