The most tannic of all grape varieties. Harsh, but ample
Also known as Monastrell in its country of origin Spain, where it is mainly planted, this variety is drought resistant and prefers soils of gravel, rolled pebbles and limestone. It requires heat and sunshine. In France, it is present in the South where it has become one of the oldest grape varieties grown in Provence. Its bluish berries reveal a melting and juicy pulp under a thick skin. It gives a velvety, deep red wine with a strong bouquet, a lot of body and a harshness corrected in blending with Grenache and Cinsault. Most often blended, it is nevertheless a delight for lovers of tannic and full-bodied wines evoking the harshness of hot countries when vinified alone. It gives the wine a dark colour and power, often with a fairly high alcohol content. It gives red and rosé wines, wines full of personality, like the Bandols, which establish themselves among the great wines for ageing and gastronomy.