Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge Omnia Saouma 2016
Omnia is Latin for “all”, and this particular wine is a blend of all 9 of Mounir Saouma’s vineyards in Châteauneuf-du-Pape in order to provide a snapshot of the entire region’s terroir. A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from selected old vines, it is vinified and aged in foudres, cement and 500-litre barrels, with no punching down, racking, fining or filtration, and minimal sulphur addition. The 2016 is an outstanding release of kaleidoscopic complexity. It is pure and precise, offering up notes of blackberry, black cherry, raspberry, garrigues, exotic spices and stoney minerality.