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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  • Cinsault makes nice rose, but the reds I've had would make you want to drink white, thereby solving the problem. Freisa is hardly available in Italy, so you have little chance of finding it in the US, IMO.  It's related to nebbiolo, or so I've read, so it is surprising to find that it is low in tannin. This article says it isn't, but then again ... Read More

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  • Once again, there are low-tannin grapes and low-tannin wines and they're ... it's less than inspiring.Cinsault and Counoise are both relatively lower in tannin than some of the other reds and they're grown in CA and WA so you may be able to get some, but usually they're in blends..&nbs Read More

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  • I have just read the most illuminating post I have ever read, "which red wines are most tannic", wow guys great details and some useful info.  But I'm most interested in the least tannic red wines.Reason?I have gout and tannins play havoc on gout and while I still want to try and enjoy Red Wine, esp good red wine I can longer drink medium or hig... 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

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  • 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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