WINE SCHOOL 20 - 26 May 2019

REGION: France > Minervois

Widely associated with undistinguished table wine production in the 1970s and '80s, Minervois is slowly and steadily building a reputation for impressive, high quality wine. Many established winemakers have been attracted to the region by the favourable climate, favourable soils and diversity of old vines.

Key red grapes: Carignan, Mourvèdre, Syrah
Key white grapes: Bourboulenc, Rolle

GRAPE: Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre makes rich, dark wines with savoury meaty/herby/gamey flavours - a bit like a softer, smoother version of Tannat. Unlike Tannat is is rarely found as a varietal wine and is usually tempered with a fruitier grape such as Syrah or Tempranillo.

Mourvèdre needs a lot of heat to ripen. It is the signature grape of the Bandol region of Provence, although most of the production goes into rosé wine. It is also widely planted (as Monsatrell) in its country of origin - Spain - where it is now producing some delicious wines.

Synonyms: Mataro, Monastrell (Spain)


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