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Mourvedre (also known as Monastrel in Spain, and Mataro in Australia and California) is a black wine grape variety, which has flourished for centuries in the western Mediterranean. It is thought to have come from Spain, and is found in southern France, South Australia, California, and the Iberian Peninsula.

Mourvedre enjoys warm environments that are sunny and arid. Its dark color, herbal aromas and powerful tannins make for a potent blending grape (these quality are directly due to its small, thick skinned berries). Mourvedre, famous for its mouth puckering tannins, inspired the French to nickname this variety “Etrangle-Chien” (The Dog Strangler).

It is often found blended with rich Grenache, and spicy Syrah production. Other varieties such as Cinsaut and Carignan are also blended with Mourvedre. However, these blends are more a “marriages of convenience,” as both varieties grow geographically close to Mourvedre and all three ripen simultaneously.

WineStyle recommends this great Italian wine with: milk fed veal with baba ghanoush, baked eggplants stuffed with lamb mince, and braised ox-tail stew.

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While 100% Mourvedre varietals do exist, they are not common, or well known. Yet, as the typical wine consumer becomes more curious, so too have producers begun experimenting with straight Mourvedre varietals.

In France, the Mourvedre grape is a key blending grape for Provence and their southern Rhone Valley. It’s used as a major component in both their Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and Cotes du Rhone blends.

During the 1880’s the Mourvedre was gravely injured by the phylloxera epidemic. So much so, that it was enthusiastically uprooted by most vineyards, leaving its most notable fortifications around Bandol France. Preferring heavy, clay based soils, the parasite couldn’t invade Bandol, as its finds the sandy soils most inhospitable. To this day Mourvedre thrives along the coastal Bandol hillsides, and complements over half of her blends, creating some of the world’s finest wines. Order now! Buy these fine wines from our online shop, our delivery is very fast, our price is reasonable and your sale is always a guaranteed purchase.

Throughout Spain, Mourvedre is slowly recapturing its former influence. It was once the second most planted red variety, out-performed only by Garnacha. While modern viticulturalists have followed after the fashionable Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, Mourvedre is slowly bringing itself back into the lime light. Spanish Mourvedre/Monastrell wines have a tendency toward a very rich, dark production with flavor heavy notes of black cherry and blackberry.

Just as Mourvedre gains acclaim in Spain, the French Mourvedre “name” is taking slowly supplanting its Californian/Australia appellate: Mataro. The prestige associated with the French Mourvedre name have caused some wineries to abandon the former. Mourvedre productions from these areas are typically fruitier, and richer, than varietals found in the Mediterranean.