2019 Mas de Sainte Croix "Passion d'Une Terre" Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Valréas

SKU #1538469 91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark I believe a smaller selection from higher elevation parcels, the 2019 Côtes Du Rhône Villages Valréas Passion D'Un Terre is 75% Grenache and 25% Mourvèdre. It has beautiful Grenache strawberry and darker cherry fruits as well as ample background spice, peppery herbs, and loamy earth. It opens up nicely with time in the glass, and while I like it today, it's going to be even better with a year in bottle and have 5-7 years or more of longevity. Inner quote mark (11/2021)

90 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Not quite as aromatically open at this stage than their 2019 Tendresse d'un Climat, with more blueberry and liquorice on the nose. Very rounded, fuller in body, mouthfilling. Juicy, generous and ripe, with gently pliable tannins that coat the tongue. Long finish, and has some enjoyable depth. Alcohol is warming on the finish. (MW) Inner quote mark (8/2021)

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 Rhône 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 technical touch makes for wines that are great expressions of the Valreas terroir. The "Passion d'Une Terre" is primarily Grenache with a heavy dose of Mourvèdre. It is a full-bodied wine with ripe berry notes, a succulent palate and long lengthy finish. (Keith Mabry, K&L Rhone and French Regional buyer)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2021 | Send Email
Mas de Sainte Croix is the epitome of classic Rhone. From the northernmost Rhone village of Valreas, this Grenache/Mourvedre driven wine has all the perfume and spice of old-school flavor profiles intermingled with pristine quality winemaking. Valreas is a few degrees cooler and a little higher in elevation than many of the other Rhone villages and this keeps the fruit fresher and crunchier on the palate. Raspberry, bay, tobacco and peppery spices waft from the glass and cascade across the palate in a show of Rhone force. Not heavy but lifted with fresh vibrant fruit and a seamless finish, this is a wine that will even develop for a few more years in the cellar. And it's under $15! You'd be hard pressed to find this level of quality at this price point from any other importer's portfolio of Rhones.

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