2013 Clos Saouma Le Clos Arioso Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

A refined and enchanting Chateauneuf-du-Pape. An exquisite drinking experience.



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About the Wine

Chateauneuf-du-Pape is known for producing wines that are big on flavour and tannin, often needing decades of cellaring before they're ready to drink. It might be surprising, therefore, that there are some reds from this region that have more in common with grand cru Burgundy than with the Rhone.

The Clos Saouma Le Clos Arioso Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge sits in a comfortable place between Burgundy and the Rhone, with red-fruit and spicy flavours and a rich and silky texture that tap you on the shoulder rather than shouting in your face. While this wine is already eight years old, it will continue to develop for at least another 10 years.

About Clos Saouma

Mounir Saouma is one of the more interesting and perhaps controversial characters in modern French wine.

He is the owner of two domaines, along with his partner Rotem, cult negociant label Lucien Le Moine in Beaune where produces highly-sought-after Premier and Grand Cru Burgundies, and Clos Saouma where pursues his love for Chateauneuf-du-Pape with his own vineyards on some of the most prized terroir in the region. Unusual, to be sure, but the wines have massed a huge secondary market due to their imperial style and minuscule production.

Mounier and Rotem Saouma
Mounier and Rotem Saouma
Rhone Valley, France
Additional Info

From the Importer

100% Grenache from Pignan. Mounier himself calls the the Les Amoureuses, reference to the elegant 1er cru from Chambolle in Burgundy. The wines from this area are perhaps the most balanced and finessed in all of Chateauneuf, the truest expression of the ”pinot of the south” that Grenache can indeed be.. Sourced exclusively from the Pignan Lieu Dit, right next to Rayas. Pignan is Mounier’s passion. It’s the first vineyard he bought. North facing/angled (most of CNDP vineyards are flat as a pancake) it’s exposed most importantly to the Mistral, the famous cooling winds of the region. This helps keep the grapes/wine elegant. The soil isn’t the typical Galet (big pudding stones) in fact it’s more sandy with bits of what he called rolling Stones, smaller pieces. Same techniques as Omnia but aged for 3 years NO racking/sulphur in exclusively 500ltr demi muds.

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Mounir Saouma
Winemaker Mounir Saouma
Rhone Valley, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Wine Spectator

“Beguiling, with Lapsang souchong tea, singed cinnamon, clove and warm cassis aromas leading the way for a rich and silky core of crushed cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Everything glides together through the refined, incense-filled finish. Best from 2020 through 2035” – James Molesworth (Wine Spectator)


"Tasting like a Grand Cru from Chambertin, the 2013 Châteauneuf-Du-Pape Arioso is 100% Grenache from the Pignan plateau that spent three years in barrel, on lees, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Black cherry, forest floor, spring flowers, damp earth, and spice all flow to a medium-bodied, ethereally textured, seamless 2013 that opens up beautifully with time in the glass. Again, this is unquestionably a Burgundy lover’s Châteauneuf, and it shines more for its nuance, elegance, and complex more so than outright power and richness. With bright, yet integrated acidity and ample, sweet tannin, it’s a sensational 2013 and one of the best from the vintage." - Jeb Dunnuck


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