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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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Languedoc-roussillon

      This incredibly diverse region produces about a quarter of all the wine made in France, bu...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Spain

    Spain is one of the word’s largest wine-producing regions. It comprises most of the Iberian Pen...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Bandol

    Bandol Bandol is the most interesting and quality-oriented appellation in Provence. It is ...

  • Jumilla

    Jumilla is part of the Murcia region in the Levante province of Spain. It benefits from an arid...

  • Yecla

      This is a small region within the Murcia province surrounded by Jumilla, Almansa and Alica...

Popular Wineries using Mourvèdre

  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

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Mourvèdre on Snooth

  • Bodegas Juan Gil Monastrell Honoro Vera 2012

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Arizona Stronghold Nachise 2012

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    Wine review by Mosca


  • Lo Nuevo Monastrell Syrah Vilata 2011

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    Some earthiness and a lot of fruit on the nose. Seriously fruity on the tip of the tongue--cherry, cassis (?), maybe plum, or, better yet, prune. There is some serious "heaviness" to the mouth feel that supports prune observation. A bit of bitterness on the back of the throat, but nothing serious. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • What fun, Al.  You picked up some terrific wines, there.  Great to ... ... is the Spanish name for Mourvedre.  Actually, the Spanish also call it Monastrell.I have had the Ridge Estate Cab in the past, and it is great.  I've never stepped up to the investment of the "Montebello."  I'm guessing that the difference between the $40 Ridge "Estate... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Mayo Family Winery Russian River Valley Jessica's Cuvee "The Gyspy" 2009

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Imagery Estate Winery Mourvedre 2010

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    Hints of spice Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... 55% Grenache, 27% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre grown in the Unti vineyard.  Smoky and  stemmy on the nose with aromas of african violet, crushed rocks, a little ink, ash, and wild herbs. Big and, almost sweet entry, this shows off lots of fine tannins and bright acids in... Read More

    From the article The "New" California


  • Received a mailer with an offer on 2010 Hewitson "Old Garden" Mourvedre. Surprisingly I realized I've never had it. Any experience with it? 160yr-old vines, eh? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Broc Cellars Martian Mourvedre 2012

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    Bio farmed Big and fruity on the nose with a big core of wild black cherry fruit accented with hints of flowers, charred beef, leather, candy red licorice, and a hint of macerated herbs. Medium light bodied on the gorgeous wild cherry and wild raspberry fruit on the palate shows gentle complexity with hint of tar and herbs. This shows gorgeous ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Edmunds St. John Rocks and Gravel Dry Creek Valley 2012

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    A blend of 55% Grenache, 27% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre grown in the Unti vineyard. Smoky and stemmy on the nose with aromas of african violet, crushed rocks, a little ink, ash, and wild herbs. Big and, almost sweet entry, this shows off lots of fine tannins and bright acids in the mouth supporting rich fresh fruit flavors. At first theres a little ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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