2017 Mas de Sainte Croix "Tendresse d'un Climat" Côtes-du-Rhône Villages

SKU #1433800 Wine Spectator

 Fresh and direct, with a violet and lilac frame around a core of cherry and cassis flavors, all carried by a warm stone note on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 5,250 cases made, 3,800 cases imported. (JM)  (10/2019)

K&L 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 Côtes du Rhone Village Cru of Valreas. His vineyards sit at around 1,200 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 more 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 Côtes-du-Rhône 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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By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/9/2020 | Send Email
My favorite every day Cotes Du Rhone Villages for one of the best prices is back, and dare I say better than ever? I've tried at least three vintages of the Tendresse from Mas De Saint Croix and it continues to impress. Packed with flavors of raspberry, dark cherry and a slight hint of earthiness, this blend of Grenache and Syrah is just delicious.

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2019 | Send Email
Putting aside my own love of Rhone reds, I think this latest from Mas de Sainte Croix is one of the best values going. It's rich and complex without being "over-the-top" or excessively ripe in style and delivers a level of complexity and satisfaction tough to find at this price. This outstanding Grenache Syrah blend hits all the right notes.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5
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