A black grape originating from Spain where it is known as Monastrell, Mourvèdre all but disappeared after the Great French Wine Blight in the second half of the 19th century despite the swathes of plantings across the Mediterranean region. Known for its small and irregular yield, the variety is a popular crop once more, demanding gentle viticultural practices. In blends, it lends character to wines from the Rhône Valley.

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