• Color: Red 
  • Grape Parentage: unconfirmed, although recent DNA evidence suggests that Mourvèdre and Graciano are siblings
  • Place of Origin: Mediterranean Coast of Spain (although it may have been introduced by Phoenician traders)
  • Origin of Grape Name: Mourvèdre is derived from the town of Murviedro in Valencia, and Mataro is derived from Mataró in Catalonia.  The name “Monastrell” is likely derived from the Latin monasteriellu, or “monastery”.
  • Major Countries of Production:
    • Spain: 63,244 hectares (2007, Observatorio español del Mercado del Vino/OeMV)
    • France: 9,221 hectares (2011, FranceAgrimer)
      • Var département: 2,143 ha
      • Vaucluse département: 1,530 ha
      • Aude département: 1,669 ha
      • Hérault département: 1,644 ha
  • Synonyms: 
    • Spain: Monastrell
    • France: Balzac, Esparte
    • US/Australia: Mataro
  • Viticultural Characteristics: Thick-Skinned, Late-Budding, Late-Ripening, Susceptible to Drought, Resistant to Botrytis/Bunch Rot
  • Preferred Soil Type: cool clay or calcareous soils
  • Common Blending Partners: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan

Typical Descriptors and Structure for Bandol
(Mourvèdre-dominated blends)

  • Visual: Dark Ruby Color, Moderate Plus Concentration
  • Aromas/Flavors: Moderate Plus Intensity
    • Fruit: Ripe Black Fruit (Blackberry, Black Raspberry, Black Cherry), Blue Fruit (Blueberry, Plum, Prune), Red Fruit (Red Plum, Red Cherry)
    • Flowers: Purple Flowers
    • Herbal: Garrigue/Wild Herbs, Herbes de Provence, Black Tea, Tobacco
    • Spice: Bitter Chocolate, Black Pepper, Curing Spices
    • Other: Hung/Cured Meats, Animal/Feral, Game, Saddle Leather
    • Earth: Moderate Plus to High Minerality, Forest Floor, Dusty
    • Oak: Large Neutral Cask, Coffee, Cinnamon

Structure: Dry, Full Body, Elevated to High Tannin, Elevated Acidity, Elevated Alcohol

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