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 Rose Ventoux 2009


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    Wine review by ericpl

  • Domaine de la Mordorée Côtes du Rhône la Dame Rousse 2008


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    Wine review by Daledj1952

  • Château de Villeneuve Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2007


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    Wine review by kimieko

  • Chapelle-St-Arnoux Ventoux 2006


    The grapes come largely from the slopes of Mont Ventoux; the giant of Provence ... ... Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault grapes. This blend is a nice treat, especially if drinking at a cool temp-- 45 degrees or so. Yumm Read More

    Wine review by CageyT

  • Château Marouine Côtes de Provence 2004


    This is a true gem of a southern French wine, from a region steeped in wine making history. It typically pleases all who try it. Read More

    Wine review by King Bruce

  • Les Compagnons 'Lazy Rose' 2008


    Strawberry peach cobbler on the nose, very candied aromas. Red fruit forward on palate - rasberry, watermelon, strawberry, soft acidity Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • So we're all here and we see that many of us got bitten by the sweet white wine bug, only to move on? My wine life begn  ightIalandne, ent through almost everything else, ends with medium to light Italian red wines, only to start the circuit again, yes my tastes change, evolve and vary! So where did you start, where are you, where do you want to... Read More

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  • Domaine Saint-Damien Côtes du Rhône la Bouveau 2008


    Not super-bold in the nose, but there are scents of strawberry jam and walnuts. In the mouth, it is a light bodied red with moderate tannins. It still tastes young, but the strawberries and apricots are nice flavors. This seems like a good red for a summer evening outdoors. Read More

    Wine review by scandleriv

  • Château des Tours Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2007


    A different experience from my usual thing. I really like the main flavors, it has an almost buttery feel to it. However, there is a bitter aftertaste that really knocks the wine for me. That said, I really don't have the experience with Rhône wines to make a comparison. Read More

    Wine review by Jordanis

  • Domaine la Suffrene Bandol Rosé 2007


    New to this wine.Has a glorious afternote, I love it!However, the sun is shining, I have finished work and am sitting drinking this in a really great mood!Still, it ticks the right boxes for me.It is quite meaty, packing a 14% does make for careful drinking as an early pre-meal drink, might even forgo the main course at this rate!Deserves 4/5 fr... Read More

    Wine review by fatpasta

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