Grape variety for rosé and red wine
Of Spanish, and more precisely Catalan, origin, Mourvèdre has been cultivated in France since the end of the middle ages on the Mediterranean coast, especially in Provence. A vigorous and warm late-budding grape variety, Mourvèdre produces a powerful, colourful and tannic wine. It provides wines with beautiful aromas with notes of stewed fruit, leather or animals. The intensity and quality of its aromas increase with ageing. It adds complexity and good ageing potential to wines dominated by the Syrah-Grenache blend. It is one of the so-called “complementary” grape varieties of the appellation, together with Syrah. Together they should represent at least 20% of the grape variety.
- Acidity: low
- Tannins: Tight and excellent holding power
- Gives an ample, powerful and tannic wine with great finesse.
Mouvèdre requires calcium-rich soils that are deep enough and clayey enough to give freshness and allow it a limited but consistent supply of water.