2018 Rotem & Mounir Saouma Inopia BLANC Cotes du Rhone Village, Southern Rhone, France – WS92

2018 Rotem & Mounir Saouma Inopia BLANC Cotes du Rhone Village, Southern Rhone, France – WS92

$32.95

Description

Burgundy meets the Rhône. An utter respect for tradition, but in some ways an unorthodox break. We’ve watched as Mounir and Rotem Saouma, owners of the prestigious Burgundian producer Lucien Le Moine, slowly developed their estate and wines in the Rhône Valley.  Today the results are too extraordinary and uniquely distinct not to be aware of their prowess.

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 punching down, no fining, no filtration.

2018 proved to be a stellar vintage in the Southern Rhône. Warm and dry days followed by cool nights provided optimal growing conditions.

“Lovely notes of macadamia nut, lemon curd, shortbread and creamed yellow apple glide through in this stylish, seductive white. Verbena and jasmine hints underscore the finish. Drink now through 2022. 300 cases imported.” – 92 points, Wine Spectator (August 31, 2021)

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