Burgundy meets the Rhône. 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 the Rhône Valley, and the results today are too extraordinary and distinct
The Saouma’s purchased a desolate plot of land in Orange in 2011. A minimal intervention approach
combined with the image of the original barren land inspired the name of the wine, INOPIA, which
translates to “made from nothing” in Latin.
Soils: Predominately poor clay soil (3 feet) with little river stones called “Grès” (24 feet deep) which
provide both favorable humidity for the dry climate and plenty of mineral elements.
Farming: Seeing potential in the land, 11 grape varieties were planted in 2011 under high density
(4,700 plants per hectare versus the normal 3,500) with the objective of quality low-yielding fruit. All
vineyard work is done by hand.
Grape Varieties: Mostly Grenache Blanc, along with a touch of Roussanne, Marsanne, Bourboulenc,
Clairette and Viognier.
Fermentation & Aging: After a hard pressing of whole cluster grapes into 500 liter barrels and 1,600
liter cement eggs, fermentation takes place, and the wine remains undisturbed for 18 months – no
pumping over, no punchng down, no fining, no filtration.
2015 proved to be a stellar vintage in the Southern Rhône. Warm and dry days followed by cool
nights provided optimal growing conditions.