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Mourvèdre / Monastrell

Like Grenache, Mourvèdre is a full-bodied Spanish grape that wandered up the dry Mediterranean coast to France’s Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and Southern Rhone Valley. But unlike Grenache, Mourvèdre’s small berries and thick skins are capable of seriously deep colour and dark berry flavours. This might have made Mourvèdre famous (like its frequent neighbour, Syrah) except perhaps for its more rustic, savoury background notes - that can smell like earthy spiced meat...or a barnyard. Yet such complexities still make rich and impressive single varietals - especially in France’s Bandol - while also adding dimension to Spanish blends under the name Monastrell and to Rhone-influenced ones from California and Australia, sometimes under the name Mataro.  

Mourvèdre / Monastrell

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  1. 2015 Tarima Organic Mourvedre

    2015 Tarima Organic Mourvedre

    Rick’s Picks
    90 Points John Caro
    An incredible red buy - not just organic but dark and luscious. Tarima highlights what Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) can do, with intensity of flavour and colour that's not only fruit but also ...
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  2. 2015 Casa Castillo Monastrell

    2015 Casa Castillo Monastrell

    John’s Picks
    92 Points John Caro
    A beautifully rich Monastrell (Mourvedre) from Spain. 2015 was warm again so this label is back to its classic ripe and satisfying, sweet-fruited and spicy style. But sophisticated at the same ...
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  3. 2014 El Seque Alicante

    2014 El Seque Alicante

    93 Points John Caro
    A seriously deep and rich red from the Artadi stable, the El Seque Monastrell (Mourvedre) expresses the Mediterranean heat of Valencia's Alicante, in South Eastern Spain. Rich dark fruits and ...
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  4. 2014 Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Cuvee Tradition

    2014 Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Cuvee Tradition

    93 Points John Caro
    Rich in bright fruit and spice nuance, this superb Bandol is a classic expression of the Mourvedre grape. An utterly authentic Mediterranean red, it was gravity-bottled, unfiltered and unfined. ...
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  5. 2012 Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Cuvee Special

    2012 Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Cuvee Special

    94 Points John Caro
    The top wine from this expert house, the Cuvee Special is almost entirely the rich, dark, structured Mourvedre for which Bandol is known. Beautiful ripeness offers lashings of blackberry and ...
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  6. 2013 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape

    2013 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape

    19 Points Jancis Robinson
    A legend of legends, the wonderful Clos des Papes eschews the heaviness and fruit focus of many a modern Chateauneuf and defines an elegant, complex and 'Burgundian' approach to this preeminent ...
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