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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  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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

  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... blend of grapes - grenache, cinsault, vermentino (rolle), mourvèdre, and counoise - and ferment and age the wine using a blend of vessels, including stainless steel, oak puncheons, and a French oak foudre. The barely there, salmon-pink color of this rosé comes from ... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines

  • Don Pasquale Villa Angeli Rose Corsica 2016


    Its worth calling out the packaging/bottle here which is very unique and striking. Inviting aromas of strawberry and watermelon on the nose. Just the gentlest hint of sweetness on entry makes way for a soft, buoyant and easy drinking wine with delicate notes of strawberry, fresh peach, cranberry and watermelon with a lively but smooth texture, a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • L'Envol de Familongue Red 2006


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    Wine review by JohnFU

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