Best Mouvedre Wine

Mourvedre (Mourvèdre) is a warm-climate red wine grape grown in many regions, including the Rhone Valley and Provence in France, Valencia and Jumilla in Spain, California, Washington State and Australia. Mourvedre buds and ripens late in the season, producing compact cone-shaped bunches conducive to the warm climates it inhabits.

Mourvedre is a Spanish vitis vinifera grape, first grown in Murviedro, a small town near Valencia. Mourvedre is easier to grow in Spain than in the cooler region of southern France where it is more susceptible to disease. Mourvedre needs warm summers to ripen fully. California winemakers planted Mourvedre vines as early as 1870 to produce bulk table wines.

Mourvedre's characteristics vary depending on the region it is planted. Mourvedre is high in tannin, alcohol and colour, reflective of the warm climates in which it grows. Other characteristics include aromas and flavours that are gamey and earthy, along with soft red fruit and perfume. Young Mourvedre can have the infamous “barnyard” notes, but these soften with age to denote forest floor and leather aromas.

My reviews of these Mouvedre red wines are updated weekly. These Mouvedre red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Mouvedre wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Mouvedre in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Hecula Bodegas Castano Monastrell (Mouvedre) 2006
Spain
An attractive dark wine with black fruit, licorice, dark spices and smoky oak. Full-bodied with good persistence of flavor. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $13.95 Score: 88/100

This Monastrell (Mouvedre) was reviewed June 12, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Volant Grenache Mouvedre 2004
California, United States
A spectacularly rich and deep red with fragrant peppery blackberries and black raspberries. Savory, meaty notes with a lip-smacking delicious finish. This wine is a blend of 38% grenache, 35% syrah, 12% mouvedre, 8% carignane and 7% cinsault. It was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Grenache Mouvedre food pairings: filet mignon, brisket, grilled pork chops, lamb with rosemary. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $36.95 Score: 92/100

This Grenache Mouvedre was reviewed July 11, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Core Wine Company Hard Core Mouvedre Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Grenache 2007
Santa Barbara County, California, Usa
This blend of 37% mouvedre, 33% cabernet sauvignon, 26% syrah and 4% grenache delivers! Rich and full-bodied with ripe flavours of blackberry and dark plums. A touch of tannin means that decanting for 1-2 hours will help. Mouvedre Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Grenache food pairings: grilled rib-eye steak with portabello mushroom red wine sauce. Alcohol: 14.9%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2016  Price: $26.95 Score: 88/100

This Mouvedre Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Grenache was reviewed January 14, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

 

Wolf Blass Yellow Label Limited Edition Shiraz Grenache Mouvedre 2012
Barossa Mclaren Vale, Australia
A rich, full-bodied red with layered of fleshy blackberry and dark plum flavours. The grenache adds luscious texture and fullness, while mourvedre contributes some dark spice notes. There's a long, satisfying finish that will have you heading back for a top up. Perfect for hearty meat dishes and conversations. Shiraz Grenache Mouvedre food pairings: pepper steak, hamburgers. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Best Beef Wine  Price: $18.55 Score: 91/100

This Shiraz Grenache Mouvedre was reviewed September 12, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Grenache Mouvedre Shiraz 2003
Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Round, ripe and full-bodied. A palate-whacking wine that is nonetheless balanced and delicious. Aromas of black plums. Grenache Mouvedre Shiraz food pairings: game casseroles, peppercorn steak, braised lamb shanks, black pudding. Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $46.95 Score: 92/100

This Grenache Mouvedre Shiraz was reviewed March 31, 2007 by Natalie MacLean

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Mourvedre

Mourvedre, or Monastrell as it is known in Spain, is declining in plantings there, but is experiencing a resurgence in France, California and Australia, where’s it’s called Mataro and is often blended with Grenache or Shiraz and referred to as GSM. In the Rhone Valley’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines, Mourvedre is one of 13 grapes allowed in the blend. Elsewhere in France, Mourvedre is blended with Cinsault or Carignan for rosé.

Mourvedre can be temperamental to grow, prone to powdery mildew and downy mildew, temperature sensitivity and overly abundant foliage, which requires canopy management. The phylloxera epidemic in the late 1800s all but wiped out Mourvedre in France as well as throughout Europe. During the recovery process afterwards, it was discovered that Mourvedre did not take well to grafting to phylloxera-resistant American rootstock. Since WWII newer clones and better rootstock have allowed Mourvedre to graft easily and flourish.

Pair Mourvedre with dark chocolate, heavy meats, blue cheese and sausage.