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

SKU #1433800 90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Crisp blackberry and plum flavors are edged by earthen nuances of bramble and forest floor in this full-bodied blend of 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. It’s juicy but briskly concentrated, framed by ripe, integrated tannins. Enjoy this mouthfilling but easy-quaffing red while it’s young. (AI) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. Grenache and Syrah. (JM) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2020 | Send Email
n the gently sliding scale of Southern Rhone wines, the ‘Villages’ reds hold their own with generally greater poise, finesse and character than your everyday delicious Cotes-du-Rhones. Case in point (yes, grab it by the case) this attractive Grenache/Syrah blend, suffused with an aromatic array of red currants, cherry and blackberry fruit, delivering a soft licorice, hint of mint note on the silky palate. A fittingly food-friendly wine, call it up when you’re in the mood for polenta with wild mushrooms or braised lamb shanks. Of course you can also give this wine a few more years to evolve its distinct personality. Enjoy!

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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