Rotem & Mounir Saouma Arioso 2011

Rotem & Mounir Saouma Arioso 2011

SKU 1678


Burgundy meets the Rhone. 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 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and the results today are too extraordinary and distinct to ignore. We know and love Mounir Saouma because of the way he transmits both unknown and acknowledged great crus of Burgundy through his elevage into masterpieces, but it turns out he may be an even more talented vineyard manager.
Category Wine
Country France
Region Rhone
Appellation Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Brand Rotem & Mounir Saouma
  • ws97

Wine SpectatorLightly mulled raspberry, bergamot, persimmon and black cherry fruit flavors are seamlessly stitched together, with hints of black tea, cinnamon and sous-bois filling in the background. Graceful overall, but with ample anise- and ganache-edged grip that is well-embedded through the finish. This should unfurl beautifully in the cellar. A thoroughly captivating wine. Best from 2017 through 2035. 315 cases made.

James Molesworth, November 29, 2015
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateLooking like a step up over the '12, the 2011 Châteauneuf du Pape Arioso is 100% Grenache, all from the Pignan lieu-dit and vines planted in 1942, which will spend about 60 months in demi-muid prior to bottling. Despite this crazy long elevage, it stays fresh and lively, with a rich, rounded and creamy texture that carries loads of black cherry, black raspberry, spiced meat and crushed-flower-like aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, ripe and yet also elegant, it will have 10-15 years of longevity.

Jeb Dunnuck, October 30, 2014