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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  • California

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

  • France

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

  • 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...

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  • Sullivan Vineyards

    Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, wh...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

  • Ca' Momi Wines

    "Ca’ Momi” wines are named for our family home in Northern Italy. The name also pays tribute to M...

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

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Mourvèdre on Snooth

  • Bogle Phantom California 2010

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    Absolutely hated. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Penfolds Grandfather Tawny Port 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bodegas Senorio de Barahonda Carro Yecla 2011

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    A little hot, but otherwise a fantastic Spanish blend. Good balance of fruit and spice. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Ogier Tavel Etamines 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cotes du Rhone. It’s a surprisingly well known wine in a world where the ... ... Syrah, 40% Grenache, 20% MourvedreUpslope Wines NYC A bit smoky on first whiff with slightly spicy and earthy aromas of cherry and date fruit on the nose.  Big on entry and moderately firm with fine backing acids and rounded tannins lending this body and richness ... Read More

    From the article Cotes Du Rhone in 2014


  • Château d'Anglès la Clape Classique 2009

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    This unrecognized "cru" from Languedoc is a steal (if you are so fortunate as to find it). The bouquet is heavily influenced by the non-Grenache components - there is coffee, wild black current, a hint of chocolate candy - and the palate is pushed by a solid tannic structure with red currant and cherry on the finish with that ubiquitous coffee.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Schild Estate Old Vine Bush Grenache-Mourvedre-Syrah Barossa 2011

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    Big aromas of dried herbs, green spices, green olive, leather and gamy fowl greet the nose along with rusty red berry fruit and some emerging vanilla. Big and weight in the mouth, this has some viscosity to it and while I prefer my wine a bit leaner and fresher this does deliver a rich and soft mouthful of dark berry and slightly plummy fruit la... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Cotes du Roussillon 2011

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    Jammy and rich on the nose with lots of almost grapey, black berry fruit thats framed by hints of truffle, black spice and cardamon. Smooth and plush in the mouth, theres enough acid to keep this bright on the palate but this is a rich and seamless feeling wine. The fruit has a nice clear quality to it, transparent wild strawberry and wild berri... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Don't know D. They bought the property in the 1970s when land in the south ... plant loads of Grenache and Mourvedre, which would have been a nice idea, and they grubbed up the Carinena and Barbera that used to be in the Central Coast, in favor of Merlot and Cab that probably shouldn't grow there.People in the US still want to buy wine by vari... Read More

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  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? 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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