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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
This terroir lies close to Le Castellet village on the top of the hillside (170 meters altitude). The rather homogeneous clay and chalk terroir lies on 100-million year old Santonien.
There the Mourvèdre grape expresses itself fully. It gives tannin, fruity and powerful wines. It contains 70-80% of the Mourvèdre grape depending on the year. La Tourtine site is often swept by the Mistral wind and is particularly well exposed to the sun.
Thus it produces a great wine that ages well even after 10 or 15 years and keeps its red berry and spice aromas.
"Very beefy and rich, with good cut to the red plum, dried berry and kirschlike flavors. The intense and concentrated finish is dominated by vibrant mineral and spice notes. A good candidate for the cellar. Best from 2010 through 2016. 231 cases imported."
Bandol is a small appellation on the Mediterranean, granted AOC status in 1941. For centuries it has produced some of the longest-lived wines in France, using primarily the Mourvedre grape. Wines from this region have unique aromatic properties which many claim come from the dry Provencal herbs which cover the hillsides: thyme, savory, rosemary, wild mint and fennel. Domaine...Read More About Domaine Tempier
Not just a destination for tourists and movie stars, Provence makes some delicious and easy-drinking wines. Most of these wines are rose - a dry, pale, pink style rose. The climate here is Mediterranean, with most of the vines planted on southern facing slopes to avoid the fierce Mistral winds. Thirteen varieties are permitted in the region, the most important for rose being...Read More About Provence
Mourvedre(moor-VEHD(r)) A native of Spain, where it's called Monastrell, Mourvedre is best known for its blending role in the Southern Rhone. Strong and rustic, Mourvedre is the cowboy style blender in the Rhone mix. It's also the M of GSM (or SGM) blends in Australia, and it's used as the primary grape in wines from Jumilla and other Southeast areas of Spain. Notable Facts The...Read More About Mourvedre
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