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Mourvèdre


International Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon   Merlot   Pinot Noir   Syrah

Major Varieties: Cabernet Franc    Grenache    Malbec    Nebbiolo    Sangiovese    Tempranillo    Zinfandel

Regional Varieties:   Baga    Barbera    Blaufränkisch    Brachetto    Carignan    Carménère    Cinsaut    Dolcetto    Gamay    Graciano    Lagrein    Malvasia Nera    Marzemino    Montepulciano    Mourvèdre    Nero d'Avola    Petit Verdot    Petite Sirah    Pinot Meunier    Pinotage    Touriga Nacional


Mourvèdre is a dark red grape that has recently spread worldwide from its original location, Valencia, Spain. The wines are often tannic and high in alcohol, but in a blend, the grape can add structure. It is a component of the blend called GSM (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre).

This grape is most popular in the Rhône, where GSM originated. Australia is also making GSM. Spain does not grow as much Mourvèdre as once believed; recent research discovered that some plantings were actually Monastrell. There are a few examples in the US as well, particularly from California and Washington. An interesting example of the grape's varietal potential is in the red and rosé wines of Provence's Bandol. Bandol reds are dark, powerful and chocolaty.