2020 Mas de Sainte Croix "Passion d'Une Terre" Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Valréas

SKU #1694760 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A solid step up over the Tendresse d'Un Climate, the 2020 Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas Passion D'Un Terre offers a more meaty, gamey, complex style as well as gorgeous old school-like notes of peppery herbs, toasted nuts, and peppery garrigue. Pure and focused, yet with plenty of mid-palate depth as well as richness, this gorgeous Valréas is going to drink nicely for a decade. Inner quote mark (3/2023)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Here’s a very good example of Valreas that has the combination of southern warmth and mountain freshness that we associate with this appellation. Stacks of wild blackberry, wild herb and wild flower aromas, also a touch of licorice. The elegant tannins and lively mineral acidity interlock beautifully at the long precise finish. A cuvee of grenache and mourvedre from vineyards 400 meters above sea level. (SP) Inner quote mark (5/2023)

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: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2023 | Send Email
This release from Mas de Sainte Croix consistently outperforms everything else at the price point. Since I started at K&L more than 5 years ago, it has remained one of my go-to weekday wines and a must-have for any customer who likes the savory character of reds from the southern Rhone. Wild blackberry and strawberry meld effortlessly with smoked meat, pepper, and herbes de Provence. A healthy portion of Mourvedre provides savory, earthy undertones, ramping up the garrigue and bringing fresh tobacco into the mix. Effortless concentration and a velvety texture make it endlessly enjoyable to drink, and its elegant structure makes it a surprising candidate for cellar aging; I still have a couple of bottles from 2015 that I keep coming back to, and I'll be sorely disappointed when they're gone. Whether you love Gigondas but want something half as expensive, or you just want a red that overdelivers for the price, you need to put at least a few bottles of this in your cart.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2023 | Send Email
Mas de Sainte Croix has become one of our favorite go-tos since we started working directly with them back in 2017. Vigneron Julien Coipel reached out earlier that year via email looking for partners to work with in the United States. He sent me some samples and the wines were impressive and very reasonably priced for the quality. I was about to go to the Rhone on a buy trip, so as part of that trip, I stopped and visited him at the winery. I met his father Jacques, who had started the winery, and we toured the vineyards and everything began to line up. From top-to-bottom, Mas de Sainte Croix's wines are reflective of the terroir of the northern part of the Southern Rhone. The vineyards sit at higher altitude on average, they are not as heavily affected by the Mistral winds and they are a few degrees cooler on average. This builds more tense, aromatic and perfumed Cotes du Rhones. The Passion d'Une Terre is just that - Passion of the land - all rolled into a glass! It has an elegant profile of lavender, red plum, sweet strawberry, bay leaf and tobacco. Mostly Grenache, a dollop of Mourvedre adds that savory sweetness and the earthiness that puts this wine at the top of my Cotes du Rhone recommendations. It feels both classically complex and effortless at the same time. This is a terrific wine for its purity and reflection of its terroir and shows the true potential of what this emerging estate can do. They haven't even reached the peak of their stride yet!

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