Cinsault

 

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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  • Trip summary of Columbia Gorge and more...Phelps Creek: Don't be put off ... ... vintage of  rose of cinsault, fresh & brightWapato - Treveri (more bubbles)Plain - Plain Cellars was highly recommended but it was closed when we were in the area.   &nbs Read More

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  • Château l'Afrique Rosé 2012

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  • Gigondas la Cave "La Reference" Gigondas 2009

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    Crap - this developed into a stellar wine. From a relatively shy youngster to a bold, enthusiastic adult this was fantastic. Smokey oak, blackberry and a smattering of red berry fruits, roses, spice and green vegtal characteristics lead to a full fruity, spicey palate that is shock full of tannins and juicy acidity leading to lingering, fruity f... Read More

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  • Gigondas la Cave "La Reference" Gigondas 2009

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  • La Vieille Ferme Ventoux Red 2015

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  • Domaine Bunan Bandol Moulin des Costes 2009

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  • Chateau Leoube Secret de Leoube Rose 2011

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  • Any favorite wines/wineries in this area? planning a spring trip starting in the columbia gorge and heading towards Yakima. Read More

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  • Right, that doesn't quite add up, must vary vintage to vintage. In looking ... ... that last 5% that's Cinsault dominated with a touch of Clairette in there, assuming about 65% Grenache. Anyhow, it's some of the best CdP out ther Read More

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  • Here's Danile Brunier speaking about Vieux Telegraphe. Toward the end of ... 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsaul Read More

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