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So… when this post was written, I had 47 more grape varietals to taste before I submitted my application to The Wine Century Club. Here is a link if you haven’t heard of this club:
🙂 Here are some facts about the wine and the grape Mourvèdre (also on my FAV list).
2011 Domaine Mas du Bouquet Vacqueyras, Rhone, France ...Grape varietals are 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre (moo-VED-ruh).
Grenache – Syrah – Mourvèdre blended wines – commonly known by the acronym GSM – are the particular specialty of the southern Rhone Valley in France. A group of producers along California’s Central Coast calling themselves the Rhone Rangers began to promote GSM in the 1980s, making wines in the spirit of the southern Rhone. Grenache contributes spice, red fruit and alcohol to the blend. Mourvèdre gives tannins, color and length to the wine. Syrah, with its structure and dark fruit, is very much a French variety and is the mainstay of the northern Rhone Valley. Wine historians suspect that the variety is of ancient origin, perhaps introduced to the Barcelona area of Spain by the Phoenicians in 500 BC. After the sixteenth century, the variety was brought to France. The grape is thought to have arrived in California in the 1860s.
Vacqueyras is a French wine Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the southern Rhône wine region of France. Until 1990, Vacqueyras was one of the Cotes du Rhone Villages, but the consistent quality of its wines (particularly the concentrated, powerful reds) earned it an upgrade to an independent AOC.
Mourvèdre can be a difficult grape to grow, preferring “its face in the hot sun and its feet in the water” meaning that it needs very warm weather, a low leaf-to-fruit ratio but adequate water or irrigation to produce intensely flavored fruit that is not overly jammy or herbaceous. The vine is susceptible to many viticultural hazards such as powdery and downy mildew as well as overly vigorous foliage. Due to a strong concentration of anti-oxidants, the wines age well. They are often used for blending with wines more prone to oxidation, such as Grenache.
Mourvèdre Wine Characteristics
The wine I tasted is around 14.5% alcohol, opaque, a bold deep red wine with tannins that tickle the roof of my mouth. The winemaker suggest decanting this wine. I suggest pairing this wine with a roasted chicken with lots of butter tucked under the skin along with fresh sprigs of herbs such as sage, rosemary and especially thyme.
FRUIT: Blueberry, Blackberry, Plum
OTHER: Black Pepper, Thyme, Violet, Rose, Smoke, Gravel, Meat
OAK: Usually medium to long oak aging.
ACIDITY: Medium (+)