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Continuing our series of detailed grape profiles in  fine wine facts , I present a more up to date survey of a variety whose importance I underrated when I wrote my book Vines, Grapes & Wines more than 20 years ago. It has been only quite recently that wine lovers around the world realised that there was such a close connection between the main grape of Bandol in Provence, the rather scorned Monastrell vine planted in such profusion on the Mediterranean coast of Spain and pockets of ancient vine stumps in both California and Australia traditionally called Mataro. They are one and the same grape variety, for...

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