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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  • La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • A new trend in winemaking may make you wonder what today's vintners are ... for a gorgeously transparent cinsault and a musky-floral muscat,” Moore wrote. The end result of the clay fermentation process, whether employed in Italy, Georgia, or Chile, Moore said, is wines with flavors which diverge from what you'd find from oak, steel or concret... Read More

    From the article U.K. Paper Explores Roman & Greek Obsession With Pot

  • Last week I met Jon to trade some bottles.  We met at Hi Time Liquor in ... French call Rosé) 66% Cinsault, 33% Grenache. Both head-trained, dry-farmed, own rooted vineyards planted in 1886 and 1930 respectively.Sea salt, cranberry, watermelon rind, and a textured, snappy finish.12.3% alc. 2013 Chenin Blanc – Amador County – 12 barrels produce... Read More

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  • We tried a $20 French Rose last night (Michel Chapoutier Bila-Haut) while ... part.  It is a blend of Cinsault and Grenache grapes.Info from the web:The EstatePurchased by Michel Chapoutier in 1999, Bila Haut is located in an the best part of the Languedoc called the Cotes du Roussillon. Historically the site was one of the first areas planted... Read More

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  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Vacqueyras les Cypres 2006


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. ... ... grenache,15% syrah and 15% cinsault and spent six months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant and cherry style fruit there and there is more than a hint of pepper or spice.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Figueirasse Gris de Gris 2012


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people ... ... is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bottle is corked. I believe it's the latter since the flavor is very much in the wet cardboard arena, typical of TCA... Read More

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  • New world wine make it so easy. It's all written right on the label. Winery ... from these grape varieties:CinsaultCounoiseGrenache noirMourvedreMuscardinPicpoul noirSyrahTennet noirVaccareseI suppose that is good information for the consumer, but there are no rules on how to blend these together.  A bottle of CdP may be a combination of Mourve... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover

  • Hi all,Just want to introduce myself. I have recently started taking an interest in wine and have come to the point where I want to start learning more about it. At this point I can identify which lines I like, and which I don’t, but I really hope to be able to take it a step further and understand what makes it so that I like certain wines and ... Read More

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  • Where you drink wine can be important. An overheated or too noisy room or city ... largely abandoned varieties: cinsault and pais.  These were fruity, foursquare wines with no complications. The cinsaults, notably Montes' Outer Limits bottling, had the most structure, the pais the most straight-ahead fruitiness. With at most a few hundred case... Read More

    From the article Wine Where the World Began

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