2015 Mas de Sainte Croix "Tendresse d'un Climat" Côtes-du-Rhône Villages SKU #1305925


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Tasting Notes

Jacques Coipel worked in the petrol industry until 2002 when he decided to change career paths and enter the wine business. He purchased an exceptional site in the Cotes du Rhone Village Cru of Valreas. His vineyards sit at around 1200 feet with a mix of clay, limestone and gravel making up the soils. With cooling winds from the north and at this higher altitude, there is a crispness to the wines showing more red fruit qualities in the reds and more vibrant apple tones in the whites. Around the same time Jacques's son, Julien, began studying winemaking working in Switzerland and New Zealand (with Te Mata, one of our favorites). Julien returned to Ste. Croix in 2010 and began working on the wine with his father. Julien's lighter but technical touch makes for wines that are great expressions of the Valreas terroir. The "Tendresse" is equal parts Grenache and Syrah with notes of raspberry coulis, ripe cherries and aromas of alder wood. The wine picks up density and weight as it opens showing more peppery and Asian spices and sweeter riper fruit. This is a polished Cotes-du-Rhone with a beautiful rhythm that will continue to evolve in your glass. Right now, it is perfect for all grilled fare, whether it be some savory spiced lamb chops or herb crusted pork chops.

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  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Moving from a career in unpalatable petrol to mouthwatering wine over a decade ago proved a very good move for Jacques Coipel, and he and his winemaker son Julien have carried forth with exceptional vintages in the high altitude, cooler vineyards above Valreas. This is a lovely, fragrant and appealing Villages wine that balances ripe red fruits with darker notes of blackberry and licorice, embraced by savory spices, refined tannin and notes of forest floor and garrigue. A charmer, it will complement a dish of grilled, seasoned lamb burgers.


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