Mourvèdre, also known as Monastrell in Spain or Mataro in Australia and the U.S. is a late ripening variety that thrives in warm, dry climate, and it also happens to be the last grape variety we harvest at Domaine Saladin every year.
When they do ripen fully (both sweetness and phenolics) without any disease pressure, they are a sight to behold with its deeply coloured blue-black skin that will in turn produce wines of deeply coloured juice with sufficiently high tannins too. The vineyard where "Fan dé Lune" is made is on a South and South-West facing slope just a stone's throw away from Marie-Laurence Saladin's house where you will also find organic plums, figs and olive groves (which EVOO is quite amazing btw) surrounding all the old vines.
We cracked open a bottle of the 2009 "Fan dé Lune" yesterday evening to find the wine still pretty deeply coloured though that signature deep dark purple of its youth has transformed into a more purplish-ruby colour. Lots of blue, lush fruits (think blueberries and blackberries) on the nose with some liquorice tones; ripe dark fruits, mocha and savoury on the palate with a touch of mint; med to med+ acid & finish. We paired this with some creamy butter chicken (murgh makhani) pie and it worked pretty well!
This is now available as one of the wines featured on our #WFH Box Nº ONE as we battle this new wave of Covid-19 in Singapore. Keep calm, stay home and drink some wines!