Common synonyms: Monastrell, Motaro, Alcayata (Spain), Damas Noir, Negria, Esparte, Trinchiera

Parentage of the grape: native of Spain
History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually brought to Provence, France some time during the Middle Ages and spread into the Rhone where it became the dominant varietal. But the late 19th century Phylloxera epidemic was very unkind to the grape and hybrid graftings that otherwise salvaged many grape varieties proved resistant to much of the Mourvedre. The ones that survived lived in the sandy soil of the Bandol and Mediterranean coast. For this reason, most of the Rhone was replanted with other graft-friendly varietals such as Syrah and Grenache. It wasn’t until after World War II that stronger rootstocks were developed and Jacques Perrin of Chateau Beaucastel began blending the grape into Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Since then, plantings throughout the Rhone and other parts of France increased Read more »

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  • Domaine la Roquette Chateaunef-du-Pape 2006


    I bought two bottles ofd this wine for £45 from the website. Chateauneuf-du-Pape was one of the first appellations founded when the appellation system was first set up in the 1930's.It is for red and white wines [though 95% are red] from four communes around the village of that name in the Avignon/Orange area of the southern... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Ridge Geyserville 2013


    Three years after my previous notes on this wine, I'm still liking it. As noted before, a light hit of red fruit--raspberry--but with no sweetness. Acid is apparent. As previously reported, tannin is somewhat sedate. I'm still calling this a medium-bodied wine, but contrary to my previous assessment, I am of the impression that more years of ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Cline Mourvedre Rose Cline Mourvedre Rose 2011


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    Wine review by marymarchell

  • Dirty and Rowdy Winery Mourvedre Skinner White Oak Flats Vineyard 2016


    This is not the big tannic type of wine that I normally go for. Very clearly this is a delicate wine--it's almost rose level. I get a combination of red and dark berries--maybe black raspberry is the best comparison. Wonderful, refreshing. tart acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Been busy adjusting my cellar - need to cut back on the number of bottles I ... and a new one for me - the Mourvedr Read More

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  • RCKR, hope you get to thawing and drying out soon.  At least you have some ... of zingy acid.  100% mourvedre and only 11.5% AB Read More

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  • Penfolds Shiraz Grenache Mataro Bin 138 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Faraud Gigondas Domaine du Cayron Rhone 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website.Gigondas is an appellation created in 1971,although wine production in the area goes back to before the Romans,for red and rose wines from around the village of that name in the southern Rhone valley.My bottle comes from a small family concern and consists of 78% grenach... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Château Mont Thabor Côtes du Rhône 2015


    Attractive garnet color with a lot of light coming through in the glass. Modest level of tart red cherry flavor on the tip of the tongue. Some dustiness--might be tannin which is fairly slight. An uncomplicated but enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I like my spicey (hot), though in my food and then pair that with wine.  ... ... I like the Shiraz and Mourvedre with their pepper proifile for those.  That said I do like an off dry Gerwurztrarminer with those spicey nuances in i Read More

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  • Unsung hero varietal known as Monastrell here in the Levant area of Spain. Look out for wines from the DOs of Jumilla,Yecla and Bullas where prices are low for such high quality wines.

    Comment by 631179Dean Stevens 631179 Dean Stevens

  • Erm, what about Bandol?! Lots of info and notes available here: Plus something on Monastrell - Mourvèdre - Mataro here: And a piece called Understanding Mourvèdre here: Enjoy! Richar...

    Comment by 274063Richard M James 274063 Richard M James

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