Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas "Quintessence" 2014 - Mas de Sainte Croix

"Like the Passion d’Une Terre, it has real classRobert Parker - Here is the "top notch" cuvée of the Domain, a true little gem. Having spent 14 months is oak barrels, it exhibits concentrated flavours of blackcurrant and raspberry jam with a hint of liquorice and cedar box. Palate is highly elegant with a round structure and a generous finish. A superb bottle that would easily stand up when compared to more pricey Chateauneuf-du-Pape examples.

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"Like the Passion d’Une Terre, it has real classRobert Parker - Here is the "top notch" cuvée of the Domain, a true little gem. Having spent 14 months is oak barrels, it exhibits concentrated flavours of blackcurrant and raspberry jam with a hint of liquorice and cedar box. Palate is highly elegant with a round structure and a generous finish. A superb bottle that would easily stand up when compared to more pricey Chateauneuf-du-Pape examples.
 
Wine CharacteristicsWhen & how to drink?
 
Domain: Mas de Sainte Croix
Vintage: 2014
Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas
Region: Rhône Valley
Type: Dry
 
Grapes: 33% Grenache, 33% Syrah, 33% Mourvèdre
 
 
Drink from now to 2022
Open 2 hours before and serve at 16-18°C
 
Food pairing suggestion: Lamb Tajine, Beef Bourguignon
 
 Technical stuff
  
Soil: Stones, rocks, clay, limestone
Orientation: Mostly South, 350-400 meters high
Age of vines: 15 to 50 years old
Harvest: Manual & Mechanical
Maturing: 14 months in oak barrels
Alcohol: 13.5%
 
What experts say  
  
90-92/100 "Aged all in demi-muid and the Valreas Quintessence shows its Grenache component with its jammy raspberry and blackberry fruit, chalky minerality, and licorice aromas and flavors. Like the Passion d’Une Terre, it has real class in its medium to full-bodied richness, sexy texture and pure, clean finish." (2015 vintage)
  
  Silver Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 (2011 vintage)  

 

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