Name of varietal: Cinsault
Common synonyms: Cinsaut, Bourdalase, Navarro, Hermitage, Picardan Noir, Ottavienello, Black Malvoisie
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Southern France
History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc regions its primary function is as a supporting player in blends, especially Chateauneuf-du-Pape, adding spice and aromatics, mellowing out harsh tannins. It is also planted widely in countries with sizeable French influence in their wine-making such as Lebanon, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. It came to the states in the mid-1800s.
But perhaps its most important role in wine history took place in South Africa, where in 1925 it was crossed with Pinot Noir by Stellenbosch University Professor A.I. Perold in an attempt to create a unique South African varietal, which became Pinotage
Characteristics of the grape: low tannins, dark, spicy, slightly Read more »

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  • Faraud Gigondas Domaine du Cayron Rhone 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the ... of ... of 78% grenache,14% syrah,6% cinsault and 2% mourverde and was aged in oak barrels for 12 months.I started the bottle last night with my pasta bake supper.This is a full bodied wine with a dark colour and plenty of blackcurrant,blackberry and bramble style fruit and... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Château Mont Thabor Côtes du Rhône 2015


    Attractive garnet color with a lot of light coming through in the glass. Modest level of tart red cherry flavor on the tip of the tongue. Some dustiness--might be tannin which is fairly slight. An uncomplicated but enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol 2002


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... 85% mourverde and the rest cinsault and grenache and spent 18 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my pork chop,This is a full bodied and well structured wine.There is plenty of a fresh blackcurrant and cherry style fruit with a hint of vanilla,In short,this is an absolutel... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Pause a moment and think about Thanksgiving. Do you roast, smoke, or fry your ... forms the foundation, with Cinsault, Syrah, Clairette, Mourvedre, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Carignan, and Calitor vying for attention. However, “maceration,” explains Guillaume Demoulin, fourth-generation winemaker at Château de Trinquevedel, “is key to expressing th... Read More

    From the article Tavel Rose Is The Only Wine You Need This Thanksgiving

  • Gassier Coteaux d'Aix-en-provence Organic Rose 2016


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Drostdy Hof Pinotage 2016


    This bottle of wine was part5 of a lot I bought from the website ... between pinot noir and cinsault which is now widely grown in that country.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork. There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum and cherry style fruit with more than a hint of pepper and spice especially on the finish.The tannins ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Les Courlandes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016


    I got given this bottle of wine by a work colleague.Chateauneuf-du-Pape was one ... the rest syrah,mourverde and cinsault.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken.Initially it was a little tannic but after the bottle had been open for an hour things smoothed out.There is some cherry and menthol style fruit.It is not as res... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Berne Emotion Rose Cotes de Provence 2017


    Soft watermelon and strawberry aromas. This is smooth on the palate with a tart palate of grapefruit and sour cherry, and a finish of bitter melon rind. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Figuiere Premiere Rose Cotes de Provence 2017


    Crisp and fresh aromas of white blossom and fruit notes of cherry and strawberry with some tart cranberry. Light and refreshing palate of medium acidity with some oak notes. Fruit character of cherry and watermelon, again nicely crisp and easy drinking with a bit of well integrated wood spice towards the warm finish. 89 pts Read More

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  • Back in the 80’s Chateau Musar and its winemaker Gaston Hochar caused ... from varieties that include Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  “Our whites are delicate and aromatic whilst our reds are rich, fleshy and tannic”, notes Ksara’s Chairman Zafer Chaoui.To complete the French Connection, Ksara’s wine... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region Lurks in the Shadows

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