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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  • 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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  • Brunier says the grenache is 60% of the blend, Cinsault 5%, Clairette (white) 3-4%, Syrah 15% and Mourvedre 15%.  That starts at 4:25 on the video.  It only adds up to 98-99%.  So I guess it's lighter than other CdP. ;-) You can also find the composition at Kermit Lynch's page.And he also says all the wines from VT are great at ten years.  There... Read More

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  • Last night was a good time and I'll consider it part of the weekend so ... ... glass, Sandra selecting The Cinsault / blend from Chateau Musar "Jeune", 2012 Bekka Valley, Lebanon.  That was decent.  I had a glass of the Merlot from Chateau des Landes, 2012 Lussac-St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France.  I think this was the best wine we tasted on this ... Read More

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  • I started a thread on WB recently, and not many folks agreed with my stance, though I suspect many more do agree that just don't say anything.Strictly speaking about Northern Hemisphere Wines, leaving the various barrel aging out of it for sake of discussion. Read More

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  • GSM Al? One was a Grenache, one was a Mourvèdre and the other a Grenache/Syrah/Cinsault blend. I'd be interested in that Gramercy. Read More

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  • Boutinot Fide et Arte les Six Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011


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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2011


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  • Pinotage is a Brady Bunch grape. It was created by enmeshing two previously ... ... When Pinot Noir meets Cinsault, together they create Pinotage. In honor of International Pinotage Day on October 10th, we take a look back at the history and peek into the future of Pinotage. Sometime in 1925, Stellenbosch University professor Abraham Izak Per... Read More

    From the article Pinotage Wines Take Center Stage

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