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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  • Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend 2014

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    Terrific wine. Dark fruit on opening--berry, stone fruit. Some herbalness--sage. Some may be intimidated by the 15% ABV, but I do not find it to be hot, although there is a "sweetness" that can probably be attributed to alcohol. A big, full-bodied wine with good structure. Lingering, pleasant aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Les Vignerons D'Estezargues Les 40emes Rugissants Cotes du Rhone Villages Signargues 2017

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Jolie-Laide Shake Ridge Vineyard Grenache Mourvedre Syrah Viognier 2017

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    Much more than pleasant wine. Opens with not-quite-ripe fruit--plum, black raspberry. Medium-bodied. Has a brightness that I am attributing to youth. Again, a wine that can lay sideways for more aging, but why? It is easy to drink noww. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dirty & Rowdy Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard Mourvedre 2016

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    Interesting color--almost prune, including the murkiness. And, then, I get dried fruit on the tongue--raisin and, yes, prune. Also, baking spices. Fairly light bodied. Acid spritziness around the edges of the tongue. Somewhat puckery tannin adds nice complexity. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tercero Mourvedre Santa Barbara County 2013

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    Nice wine. Some black plum on the tip of the tongue, but this wine is much more about slate, or earthiness or minerality than it is about fruit. More fruit does pop up mid-palate, but it is pleasant. Medium bodied. Fairly brief aftertaste Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dirty & Rowdy Enz Vineyard Old Vine Mourvedre 2017

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    Medium-bodied wine that starts with red berry fruit on the tip of the tongue. Some "dustiness" as the wine passes back, Very brief aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Basson Family Wines Smg Babylon's Peak Paardeberg Swartland 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Henri Bonnaud Palette Rose 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine la Roquette Chateaunef-du-Pape 2006

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    I bought two bottles ofd this wine for £45 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website. Chateauneuf-du-Pape was one of the first appellations founded when the appellation system was first set up in the 1930's.It is for red and white wines [though 95% are red] from four communes around the village of that name in the Avignon/Orange area of the southern... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Ridge Geyserville 2013

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    Three years after my previous notes on this wine, I'm still liking it. As noted before, a light hit of red fruit--raspberry--but with no sweetness. Acid is apparent. As previously reported, tannin is somewhat sedate. I'm still calling this a medium-bodied wine, but contrary to my previous assessment, I am of the impression that more years of ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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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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