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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. 2017 Casa Castillo Monastrell

    2017 Casa Castillo Monastrell

    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A seriously undervalued red from a high altitude area that consists of old unirrigated bush vines. A beautifully rich Monastrell (Mourvedre) from Spain much like the Bandol Wines of Southern ...
    $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
  2. 2018 Casa Castillo Vino de Finca

    2018 Casa Castillo Vino de Finca

    93 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A notable step up in depth and poise from the estate-labelled Monastrell. While capturing the glorious distinctiveness of this compelling local grape, the Finca represents a higher fruit ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 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 thing from the Rhone, this is 100% Mourvedre from a wonderfully hot year ...
    $36.99 in mixed 6+ or $41.99 per bottle
  4. 2015 Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Cuvee Tradition

    2015 Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Cuvee Tradition

    Organic
    93 Points John Caro
    Packed with bright fruit and spice, this superb Bandol is a classic expression of the Mourvedre grape. An authentic Mediterranean red, it was gravity-bottled, unfiltered and unfined. Yet it is ...
    $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle
  5. 2016 Casa Castillo Pie Franco

    2016 Casa Castillo Pie Franco

    Organic
    96 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    The top Monastrell from this outstanding estate, which is one of Spain's undisputed leaders in this grape. Considered perhaps the definitive wine of the entire Jumilla region, this superb red ...
    $110.00 in mixed 6+ or $125.00 per bottle
  6. Mixed 6 — Casa Castillo Monastrell Pack

    Mixed 6 — Casa Castillo Monastrell Pack

    93 Points John Caro
    A seriously cheap price for such satisfying and complex Spanish reds! Casa Castillo specialise in the local Monastrell ( a grape called Mourvedre in Southern France), which produces full-fruited ...
    $155.94 per pack

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