Clos Saouma Chateauneuf-du-Pape Omnia 2012
Another glorious CNDP from the extended Lucien Le Moine portfolio. 80% Grenache plus a whole smorgasbord of other varieties. In a good place right now too.
Delicious. It’s a rather secondary style, leathery and meaty but not pooey. Intriguing to see the depth of the tannins – they’re dark and withering, bitter and foreboding. Still very prominent. Some stems in here? That meatiness is just a little polarising, but the shape otherwise is classic – modern, yet also with a very traditional oxidative rusticity. Super wine. Best drinking: Good now, good in a decade (though it’s going to get very secondary). 18.5/20, 94/100. 14.5% $250. Would I buy it? I can’t afford it.