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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  • 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


  • Domaine Lafage Tessellae Old Vines Côtes du Roussillon 2013

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    The "Tessellae" Old Vines offering is bigger than it's price point by 3-4 times. A superb CdR that shows red and blueberry fruits, light gamy notes, spice, pepper, floral accents. Elegant any juicy with finishing acidity and minerality, this pours really real. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • GregT no disrespect but even SQN.com and WIKI.com and Google.com  claim ... 1st  (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre)Easy: search Google "Rhone Style Sine Qua Non"When it comes to SQN or S Cal.  or Rhone or Australia I tip my HAT to Glaetzer and Penfolds, and Clarendon ..   Barossa and McClaren Vale and Heathcote.  recently. not discounting your selec... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • Bodegas Volver Monastrell "Tarima Hill" Alicante 2012

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • Tenet Syrah Columbia Valley the Pundit 2014

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. The Winemaker's notes ... 88% Syrah, 6% Grenache, 4% Mourvedre, 2% Viognier' Didn't mention the loads of black and green peppercorn though and spic Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I dodged a MAJOR Bullet vs. my wine ventures.Results are in and 2012 Oakville Cult Wines are superior and more collectable than 2013 Oakville Cult Wine ,, whew.. Invested. - William ; the photo courtesy of Adam Lee of Siduri Wines. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages 2015

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    Well balanced and complex. Will pick up a few more bottles. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Bodegas Castano Monastrell 2014

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    Wine review by jcthomas44


  • Jaffurs Syrah Santa Barbara County 2013

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    Noticeable yeast odor on opening the bottle. In the glass, it is not noticeablemore of tart red fruit. Yes, red plum and a suggestion of cherry on the tip of the tongue. Initial impression is sweet. As the wine passes back I get more of the acid tartness that I like. Some sort of a smoky thing on the rear palate. A tingling on the tongue t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cline Cellars Red Rhone Blend California Cashmere 2011

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    Saved a bottle of this for a few years. Have found it is different than the ... ... A bit softer and less mourvedre. At five years the wine has turned a bit brickish at the edges and has lost some of its fruitiness and some pleasent acidity has taken it place. It has soft tannins on the finish but with noticable drying. Wish this blend were m... Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


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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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