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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  • Chateau Pech Redon la Clape 2008


    "Lovely rich deep colour with matching nose and palate. Very grapey with oak and soft tannins making it immediately drinkable" Read More

    Wine review by vinwine

  • Mas des Bressades Costières-de-Nîmes Cuvée Tradition 2009


    Tested at room temp 72 deg F. Pop and pour. A transitional rose between the light, white fruit types and actual light red wine. Somewhat heavy body and "big" and a bit complex for a rose with slick warm fruit and red wine notes such as greeness, nuts, leather and wood. Light burnt orange and red color. Nose of waternelon, hint of berry, hin... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Summer is here and what could be better than enjoying it on some of the ... ... ... Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault -- that are all great for a summer barbeque. But let’s face it: If you’re thinking what I’m thinking on this hot July day, then you probably can’t wait for a chilled glass of wine. There are many whites to choose from -- a cri... Read More

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  • Rose Source de Vignelaure 2009


    Prototypical. Just lovely. Really enhances the perception of Provence Roses being some of the best in the world. What if you took a watermelon Jolly Rancher and melted it, froze the liquid and sucked on it? That is this wine. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Mon Redon Côtes du Rhône 2006


    Nose: Earthy/barnyard, black olives, smoky wood, red fruit/plums, becoming more meaty/rich with air. Palate: lively acid, red fruit, black olives, dried bitter herbs (rosemary, thyme), plums, becoming more rich/meaty with air. Drying tannins. Moderately long on palate. Seems to deliver more on the nose than the palate, though airing helped. Read More

    Wine review by penguinoid

  • Laurent Miquel Rosé Blend Vin de Pays d'Oc Cinsault Syrah Rosé 2009


    Not usually a fan of rose, but this is a winner. Fruit forward, balanced, .../cinsault-syrah.htm Read More

    Wine review by CageyT

  • Parallèle 45 Ac Rosé 2008


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    Wine review by mameen1

  • Domaine du Gros' Noré Bandol 2002


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    Wine review by Olivier

  • Domaine de Sulauze Pomponnette 2009


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