Rotem and Mounir Saouma (or. Sawma)
1, Ruelle Moulot 21200 Beaune (the negciant firm)
Tel. +33 380 249 998
Le Vieux Bouigard 5621, Route de Sérignan, 84100 Orange (The domain in
Direct sale: No. The bottled wines are transported to Beaune
Rotem and Mounir Saouma run a negociant firm in
Beaune. The couple have lived in France since 1995.
Mounir Saouma got his oenological education at the wine university in Montpellier in France.
He went to Burgundy to be a winemaker at a negociant firm there and after
dicovering the way of winemaking here he found that he wanted to
make wines in a different way and the couple established their own
negociant company in 1999 with the name Lucien le Moine.
One thing is to buy wines and elevate them in a more or less personal
manner. Quite another matter is to own the vineyards and have full
control of the process from soil to wine.
Mounir Saouma has chosen the Chateauneuf
du Pape appellation to try his capabilities to make wonders also from
Grenache and other local grapes, quite different from Pinot Noir and
After purchase of vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape and renting of some
parcels Saouma's vineyards covers 4,5 ha of which 2 ha are
situated at lieu-dit Pignan (close to Rayas) when the rest are small
parcels at Les Grès, Cabrières, Pied de
Baut and Grandes Serres.
Mounir Saouma bought a domain between Orange and Serignan-du-Comtat. The
had not been looked
after for decades and
was in fact not existing
anymore. On the other hand there was an underground
cellar, which was found usable by Mounir. This
cellar is now used for ageing of the wines. The vinification takes place
in a new cellar built above the underground cellar. The vineyards have
been totally renovated and replanted.
is very dedicated to make the very best out of the
grape material he
has at hand and not afreid to
make some experiments. Initially
he worked with pièces from
Burgundy, but they are now
replaced by demi-muids.
He has experimented with
clay amphoras to vinify Grenache,
Syrah and Mourvedre
and will probably go further by this path. He
will probably in
the years to come make a number of mini cuvées.
In 2014 he plans to bottle a
barrique with the
2009 vintage, which for
five years has been
left in barrels with sediment
- without racking.
It happens probably in
magnum bottles that
are not expected to be for
might drink them myself".
Chateauneuf du Pape Omnia
2010: 70% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre and other varieties.
Aged for 2 years in pièces.
Chateauneuf du Pape Arioso
2010: 100% Grenache with a small share of Mourvedre from Pignan.
Aged for 3 years in pièces.
Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Magic
2010: 70% Grenache Blanc, 10% Clairette, 10% Roussane and 10% Bourboulenc.
Fermented and then aged in demi-muids or pièces for around 20 months.
Cotes du Rhone INOBIA
2013: 70% Grenache og 30% Counoise, Mourvedre, Syrah og Cinsault
Cotes du Rhone Blanc
2013: 70% Grenache Blanc og 30% Clairette, Bourboulenc, Marsanne og
Mounir Saouma - August 2014
Mounir and Rotem Saouma. Photo
belongs to the producer