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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Les Jamelles Reserve Mourvèdre - The Co-op

An exclusive Jamelles Mourvedre from The Co-op

Mourvèdre is the French name for Spanish grape Monastrell; also known as Mataro, it thrives in warm climates, producing big, but not necessarily jammy, wines with aromas of earthiness and wild game on top of lots of dark fruit.

It is, then, something of a diamond geezer - earthy and feral with a wildness of the countryside about it, but not without sophistication under the right circumstances.

In the Pays d'Oc area, it is often made into GSM blends with Grenache and Syrah; here, however, it has been given star billing.

Les Jamelles Reserve Mourvèdre 2016 (£7.99, The Co-op) expressive with ripe dark berries - elderberries, black cherries and blueberries - liquorice and garrigue herbs, vanilla and oaky spice. Supple texture and ripe, rounded tannins.

Good.

Match with rosemary and garlic roast lamb, darker game or barbecue sausages.

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