Saga of grape varieties: Mourvèdre
Mourvèdre is a Spanish grape variety. Having arrived in France during the 16th century, it is cultivated in particular in Languedoc-Roussillon, in the Rhône valley and in Provence. The Mediterranean terroir is best suited to Mourvèdre because it needs sun and clay-limestone soils. It is also said that the Mourvèdre needs to see the sea.
You can recognize Mourvèdre by its compact clusters, its spherical, bluish-black berries.
It is used for red wines. This grape variety with a strong personality gives a structured and tannic wine. It transmits to the wine aromas of spices, black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry), stewed and candied fruits with vegetal touches of garrigue or laurel.
Mourvèdre is one of the grape varieties of Château l'Hospitalet, for example, where it faces the sea. It expresses itself wonderfully in the cuvée Château l'Hospitalet Grand Vin Red where it is blended with Carignan and Syrah.