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I very much enjoy wines made with the Mourvedre (also known as Monastrell and Mataro) varietal, especially those of the Bandol and Jumilla regions. I think the wines are generally an excellent value. My favorites come from the Domaine Tempier winery in Bandol, France.

Any other fans of Mourvedre? Any recommendations?

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  1. I'm rarely impressed by 100% mourvedre wines, but blends such as Tempier's can be great.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Tempier's top bottling is Cuvee Cabassou, which is 100% Mourvedre and needs about 20 years to come around.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        According to the Tempier Web site:
        "These exceptional conditions allow the Mourvèdre vines - 95% in that area- to reach an ideal maturity. The low yield makes it a rare wine."
        I've heard in other places that it's about 95 percent mourvedre.
        On the topic of Provence wines, I'm thinking about a Provence white wine dinner at Alamo Square Grill. Is anyone else interested?

        1. re: SteveTimko

          Thanks for the correction direct from domaine, and I'll also correct my spelling. That should be Cabassaou.

          Here's a link to a recent article in Wine Business Monthly abou the grape and its expression around the globe.

          I thought of one I'd like to recommend, Hewitson's "Old Garden" Mourvedre from Barossa Valley. This is allegedly the oldest stand of Mourvedre vines in the world. I've tasted the last three vintages of this wine and love its character and breed. I'm not much for Australian wines, but I find this one quite exceptional and good value at $34 or so in SF.
          Here's my tasting note on the 2002 -

          You should provide an email address if you want folks to indicate their interest in a wine dinner.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            The Hewitson Old Garden is a beautiful, elegant wine. I heartily second the recommendation.

            For something more brawny and rustic, try the Spanish wines from Yecla and Jumilla which are predominantly Monastrell (Mouvedre)

    2. Just getting into them myself.
      The best values apparently come from Spain.
      In the U.S., Carlisle Two Acres is supposed to be pretty good, but difficult to find. I have a Garretson mourvedre I haven't tried yet. If I try it in the new few weeks I'll try to remember to come back and post.

      1. I find that Monastrell can vary wildly depending on climate and weather in a given year and location.

        Lately, I've been enjoying some of the dulce Monastrells--which pair nicely with chocolate.

        Julia Roch & Sons puts out good 100% Monastrells--like Casa Castillo Pie Franco--though the good years are not exactly cheap (20 euros+)

        Incidentally, I saw these grapes at a vineyard and they are just beautiful--the also make great juice

        1. Casa del Ermita (Jumilla) about $16+ Excellent
          Wrongo Dongo v. good at $8 (Jumilla)
          Mad Dogs & Englishmen $9 (Jumilla)
          Luzon $10 (Jumilla)

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          1. re: Marco

            Ditto on the Casa de la Ermita

          2. La Bastide Blanche makes a few 100% mourvedres that are worth investigating.


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            1. I too love monastrell. A while ago (with my previous handle) I started a discussion that you might find interesting. There are several good recs. In particular, I've been enjoying the Castano monastrell from Yecla (6.99 at Whole Foods, 5.98 elsewhere). Both the 2003 and 2004 are tasty.

              Here's the link to the previous discussion:



              1. agree with castano. also mas donis, also from yecla.

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                1. re: HeelsSoxHound

                  Thanks for all the recommendations. I have had some of the Spanish wines, such as Mad Dogs & Englishmen and Luzon, and have enjoyed them alot, especially for the price. I would add as well the Panarroz, also from Jumilla, which runs $7-10.

                  1. re: HeelsSoxHound

                    Mas Donis is from Celler Capcanes, Tarragona (Montsant), not Yecla. It's a garnacha (grenache) blend. Unless there are two Mas Donis.

                    1. re: kenito799

                      absolutely right. sorry about that... i stand by the castano, though--both the hecula and the straight monastrell are fantastic. what was the other one i was thinking of... *shrug* oh well. still good, the mas donis.

                  2. Parker's tasting notes on eBob list a Mas Donis and a Mas Donis Barrica, but never in the same year. They're about the same price, so it's not clear if it's the same wine or different cuvees. The blends are grenache and syrah.

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                    1. re: SteveTimko

                      Same wine.

                      There's also a Mas Donis rosado.

                    2. it was casa l'ermita from jumilla that i was thinking of... which has already been mentioned.
                      sorry-- had all three in a night several months ago... got my notes muddled. my apologies for the misinformation earlier.

                      1. You might also want to try some Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape, in particular their tete de cuvee, Hommage a Jacques Perrin is mostly mourvedre, at least 60% and sometimes more.

                        In contrast, Bandol is only required to be 50% although as noted above some producers use a lot more than that.

                        1. My husband and I love the Mouvedre grape, whether it is on it's on or used in a blend. Living in Norhtern California, the Sierra Foothills makes some great wines that use this grape. Try Terre Rouge Wines or Karly for some excellent takes on 100% of the varietal. Karly, in particular, has a wine call El Alacran (the scorpion) that sells out every year.

                          1. I recently tried a 2003 Juan Gill (100% Monastrell), about $20/bottle. Absolutely fantastic.

                            I also tried Luzon, half the price, but I did not like it nearly as much.