By: William Beare
K&L Staff Member
I heard the story of Jaques and Julien Coipel long before I ever had the chance to taste their wines, and it intrigued me greatly. A father who made a 180 degree life change from the world of petroleum to old-school wine making in the Southern Rhone, and a son who earned his viticultural chops with the superstars at Te Mata in New Zealand before returning home to join familial forces. I naturally snapped up a bottle of the "Tendresse" the day it landed, and oh boy did it live up to my expectations. Light and playful, with traces of cracked white pepper, mountain strawberry, and galangal (Chinese ginger). Paired up with a grilled goat cheese and heirloom tomato flat bread, the bottle went down so quick I thought it must be leaking.