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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  • Wasn't syrupy to me.  Not like, oh, a lot of overdone cabs.  For ... extracted--we're talking Mourvedre and Cab, not Nebbiolo or PN.  They come right up and say hello.Or maybe I like crap wine.  After all, tonight we had lasagna, and I wanted cheap Montepulciano, so I bought a $10 Quattro Mani.  It was just great, fruity, delicious.  Nothing a... Read More

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  • JD, I won't bother with Chilean Cab in general, but the Castillero del ... 70% Monastrell/Mourvedre, 30% Cab.  Don't see that blend often, but it really worked.  Somehow the Mourvedre impoves the cab, which is pretty ripe--Jumilla gets hot--and the whole thing just sings.  Wish I had more.  We finished dinner with a tart a neighbor brought over... Read More

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  • Domaines Ott Rouge Chateau Romassan 2012

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    Wine review by Ginger M


  • Gérard Bertrand Tautavel Grand Terroir 2011

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    The reliable and good price-to-quality wines of Bertrand hit the mark again ... to a good dose of Syrah and Mourvedre. The entry is dominated by more blueberry and cherry with a relatively smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Finish is manly (alcoholic) but satisfying and invigorating. Lots of fruit and power here with a clean elegance (although there i... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Xavier Vignon Rasteau 2012

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    Loads of Barnyard that fortunately dissipates and does not carry over to the palate. Moss, Earth, Slate, bits of roasted Plum and Cherry. Softens up the more it remains open, Somewhat hard to enjoy due to the initial aroma. Much, much better the 2nd day. Barnyard gone and more roasted dried plum and prunes, silky mouthfeel, quite delightful. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Duncan, that would be a good entry into the "and now for something ... to ... to equal amounts of syrah, mourvedre, counoise and tannat. There's just a touch of earth, leather and must on the nose. On the tongue this shows lots of bright red fruit, red cherry, red raspberry and a touch of cranberry. The acidity is medium and the Tannat adds a ... Read More

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  • J. Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône 2013

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    Wine review by mmhthg


  • Back to the wine!  In anticipation of our upcoming trip we opened this ... ... in Paso Robles - 40% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 9% Cinsault and 3% Counoise.  Served this just slightly chilled so the nose was a bit muted. Even so, still got a bit of earthiness and some rhubarb coming up from the glass. On the tongue this fairly medium ... Read More

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  • Cave de Roquebrun les Fiefs d'Aupenac 2010

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    Wine review by boglebogle


  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within ... wines (based on the gritty Mourvedre grape) are usually densely tannic in their youth, but with years of age they turn into beautiful, floral, meaty, spicy wines. Producers like Domaine Tempier, Chateau de Pibarnon and La Bastide Blanche make exceptional wines t... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines


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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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