A grape varietal, used in the production of red wine, originating in the Catalonia region of Spain. Also grown in the United States and the Languedoc and Rhône regions of France. Balzac is sold as a 100% varietal as well as in blends with Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault.

Also known as: Mourvedre, Mataro, Esparte, and Monastrell.

Characteristics: Smooth, medium weight, medium bodied, with a rich red color. Tannins range from moderate to high. May exhibit hints of fruit, berry, black plumb, leather, herbs, peppercorn, and tree bark.

Ageing: Ages well, up to 10 years.

Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 61º-65º F.

Food pairings: Red meat, liver, and spicey sausage.


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