“M” grape entries


The second most planted black variety in its native Spain, where it is known as Monastrell. One of the greatest of the hot-weather varieties that grow throughout the Mediterranean region. The Mourvèdre buds very late and ripens even later, sometimes not until the 2nd or 3rd week of October. Adaptable to many soil types but only in the warmest of climates, Mourvèdre produces small, thick-skinned grapes that have high amounts of potential alcohol, tannins and flavor when ripe. Now currently enjoying a resurgence in southern France and Spain after a drop in production during the 2nd half of the 20th century. Wines from the Mourvèdre have notes of rich blackberries, pepper, leather and fresh herbs. When underripe the herby notes can overpower the fruit and lead to tea-like flavors.

Monastrell grows throughout Spain but most notably the southern areas of Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla. Popular in the southern Rhône, Provence and the Languedoc-Roussillon areas of France where it is used to strengthen Grenache and Cinsault. Particularly good in the Provençal region of Bandol where it makes up at least 50% of the excellent reds and roses. Also known as Mataro in Australia and the U.S. where it is experiencing a surge in popularity that coincides with the surge of Rhône-style wines.

Grape Color


Wines (20)

ONX Wine Mourvèdre California Briarwood Vineyard 2008 California Red
Domaine de l'Olivette Bandol "Cuvée spéciale" 2002 Bandol Red
The Holy Triinity Barossa Valley 2002 Barossa Valley Red
Domaine du Gros'Noré Bandol Rosé 2006 Bandol Rosé
The Holy Triinity Barossa Valley 2002 Barossa Valley Red
Domaine Montirius Gigondas 2003 Gigondas Red
Château La Nerthe Châteauneuf-du-Pape Clos de la Granière 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red
Domaine de l'Hortus Rosé de Saignée Coteaux du Languedoc 2005 Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé
Edmunds St. John Los Robles Viejos Paso Robles Rozet Vineyard 2001 Paso Robles Red
Edmunds St. John Rocks and Gravel California Red 2003 California Red
Domaine Berthet-Rayne Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2003 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red
La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé 2004 Bandol Rosé
La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé 2003 Bandol Rosé
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare California 2004 California Rosé
Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volante California 1999 California Red
Cline Late Harvest Mourvèdre Big Break Vineyard 1997 Contra Costa County Dessert
Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee le Bec 2002 Santa Ynez Valley Red
Domaine de l'Olivette Bandol 1999 Bandol Red
E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Vin Rouge 2000 Côtes du Rhône Red
Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Baron 2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red