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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 ...
    $17.99 in mixed 6+ or $19.99 per bottle
  2. 2016 Casa Castillo Monastrell

    2016 Casa Castillo Monastrell

    John’s Picks
    92 Points John Caro
    A beautifully rich Monastrell (Mourvedre) from Spain. The 2016 was another good one, so this is a classic of the ripe and satisfying, sweet-fruited and spicy Monastrell style. But it's ...
    $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
  3. 2015 Xavier Vins Arcane Diable Mourvedre

    2015 Xavier Vins Arcane Diable Mourvedre

    94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Almost literally a monster of a wine, this new label from Xavier Vins is deep and dark and named after the devil. A rare cuvee that is 100% sun-loving Mourvedre from a wonderfully hot year, this ...
    $34.99 in mixed 6+ or $38.99 per bottle
  4. 2015 El Seque Alicante

    2015 El Seque Alicante

    93 Points John Caro
    A seriously deep and rich red of Monastrell (Mourvedre) made by Artadi in a great year. The El Seque wonderfully captures the Mediterranean heat of Valencia's Alicante, in South Eastern Spain. ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  5. 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. ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  6. 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 ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  7. 2015 Tempier Bandol Classique

    2015 Tempier Bandol Classique

    91 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A special red from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast of Provence. The local Mourvedre grape's richness and dimension is here captured by boutique legends Domaine du Tempier. But they also ...
    $49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 per bottle
  8. 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 ...
    $130.00 in mixed 6+ or $145.00 per bottle

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