The Unknown Mourvèdre (3 bottle(s))

The Unknown Mourvèdre

Mourvedre (Monastrell in its native Spain, Mataro in Australia and California) is a black-skinned variety that has been grown in vineyards all around the western Mediterranean for centuries. Thought to have originated in Spain, it is now grown extensively throughout the Iberian Peninsula, southern France, California and South Australia.

Mourvedre likes warm, dry climates and has small, thick-skinned berries – the textbook combination for making wines with intense color and high tannin levels. In fact, it is the variety's mouth-drying tannins that earned it the French nickname Etrangle-Chien (the dog strangler).

Mourvedre's meaty, herby aromas are very distinctive, as are its strong tannins. These qualities make it a potent ingredient for blending, most often with vibrant, rich Grenache and structured, spicy Syrah. Other classic southern French varieties such as Carignan and Cinsaut are also frequent blending partners for Mourvedre, more because of tradition and convenience (they grow in similar places and ripen almost simultaneously) than flavor or aroma.

Single-variety Mourvedre or Monastrell wines are not particularly common, but as the curiosity of the average wine consumer increases, so more and more producers are experimenting with making wines from 100 percent Mourvedre.

3 bottle(s) ¥ 10,350 Sold Out

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1 x Terrasse d'Elise VDP Herault l'Enclos 2014

An amazing pure mourvèdre cuvee with power and remarkable finesse. It could be enjoyed now and in the coming 10 years.

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1 x Danjou Banessy Cotes du Roussillon Roboul 2014

This cuvee’s name comes from the river “el Robol”. A fine and elegant wine made from the youngest vines (30 years old!!) on the estate.

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