Mourvèdre

Common synonyms: Monastrell, Motaro, Alcayata (Spain), Damas Noir, Negria, Esparte, Trinchiera

Parentage of the grape: native of Spain
 
History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually brought to Provence, France some time during the Middle Ages and spread into the Rhone where it became the dominant varietal. But the late 19th century Phylloxera epidemic was very unkind to the grape and hybrid graftings that otherwise salvaged many grape varieties proved resistant to much of the Mourvedre. The ones that survived lived in the sandy soil of the Bandol and Mediterranean coast. For this reason, most of the Rhone was replanted with other graft-friendly varietals such as Syrah and Grenache. It wasn’t until after World War II that stronger rootstocks were developed and Jacques Perrin of Chateau Beaucastel began blending the grape into Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Since then, plantings throughout the Rhone and other parts of France increased Read more »

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  • Well D now that there blankdenoir sounds like something I'd like to guzzle ... to Larry Shaffer. I had his Mourvedre rosado a little while ago. It's almost pure white. And it's got some tannins. He said he had like a couple hours of skin contact - really interesting. Quite good. If he made a sparkling wine, that would be a great candidate.Sekt... Read More

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  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine more and more lately. It's a festive drink with high drinkability and pleasure, provided you are drinking within the wine's general drinking window. I can remember my eldery godmother saying on one of our visits that she couldn't drink wine anymore due to her stomach is... Read More

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  • Domaine Bunan Bandol Moulin des Costes 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cave de Rasteau Ortas Rasteau 'Tradition' 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Pierre Joet Rose NV sounds like a nice treat! Read More

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  • Thanks for posting this, JD.  I'll put up a full report later tonight (I hope) with notes from a great visit with the Emarks.  I've got lots to say about everyone's hospitality.  Also had lunch with LingProf, who is pretty busy but sends regards.  Read More

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  • Which wine did you put the coconut cream into? Read More

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  • Yes it was Loccasion...it was a wine that we had hanging around our kitchen (mostly in the fridge) for over a year. Totally underestimated this one, was highly enjoyable! Read More

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  • Had Foxall and family over last night. Heard E-Mark hosted as well, so please ... wine back, and this and the Mourvedre below were the lot I took. So in researching today, it looks like this is a Clairette, Marsanne blend which makes a lot of sense as it didn't have the elevated acidity I'd expect from Sauv Blanc, seeming better for early cons... Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    This one lands very comfortably on the tongue before detecting flavors of red raspberry and stone fruit mid-palate. Surprisingly light on tannin. (?) However, strong acid tartness is detected in the rear palate. I have a few more bottles of this and look forward to see how it changes. Read More

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  • Unsung hero varietal known as Monastrell here in the Levant area of Spain. Look out for wines from the DOs of Jumilla,Yecla and Bullas where prices are low for such high quality wines.

    Comment by 631179Dean Stevens 631179 Dean Stevens


  • Erm, what about Bandol?! Lots of info and notes available here: http://www.winewriting.com/Bandol%20Mourvedre.htm Plus something on Monastrell - Mourvèdre - Mataro here: http://www.winewriting.com/Monastrell%20Mourvedre.htm And a piece called Understanding Mourvèdre here: http://www.winewriting.com/Understanding%20Mourvedre.htm Enjoy! Richar...

    Comment by 274063Richard M James 274063 Richard M James


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