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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  • Domaine Bunan Mourvedre Blend Bandol Moulin des Costes 2004


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    Wine review by mesvignes

  • Kermit Lynch Côtes du Rhône 2006


    After doing a little research, I found that this specific Côtes du Rhône is a ... blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mouvedre.Rich and bright, a fairly translucent ruby red wine, with a hint of brick red around the edges. So far Im impressed. The smell was very smooth, floral, aromatic and spicy. It had an amazing warm sent of a bread ba... Read More

    Wine review by rwb5150

  • Boekenhoutskloof Estate the Wolftrap Red Syrah Cinsault Mourvedre Viognier Franschhoek Rsa 2006


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    Wine review by Ted J

  • Fairview Goats Do Roam South Africa 2006


    I was immediately interested in S. African wine from my first sip, That was ... a lover of Rhone wines, the Cinsault begs to be noticed, complimenting the fickle Pinot Noir instead of overpowering. A great marriage of grapes, Step out of the mold and give S.A. wines a try. Pinotage is like Gewurtziminer, you love it or you don' Read More

    Wine review by mamtms

  • Château Kefraya Lebanon 2002


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    Wine review by elchiconico

  • Les Verrieres Coteaux du Languedoc 2005


    We purchased (a case of) this wine earlier this fall (2008) after bringing home 1 bottle for dinner. A very dark purple color, full of rich berry flavor. this wine does not contain any real powerful characteristics that make it stand out, but it does come of as a moderately mature, mellow and rich red table wine. We are now on our last bottle a... Read More

    Wine review by garrison

  • Domaine la Garrigue Vacqueyras 2005


    A lot of chocolate and a dash of smoke, with a bit of spice. A rather thick wine. Good to go with BBQ sauce perhaps? Read More

    Wine review by SetarconeX

  • Château Kefraya Lebanon 2002


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    Wine review by cesspa

  • La Peira Obriers Terrasses du Larzac France-Languedoc/provence 2006


    Rating: 93 Drink: 2008-2015 Robert Parker - Wine Advocate Robert Parker ... this blend of 65% Cinsault and 35% Carignan is not from the Rhone Valley, since my colleague, David Schildknecht, has not had an opportunity to taste it, its included here. This estate aims to rival the great Negly for making the top wines in Languedoc, and this 2006 is... Read More

    Wine review by La Peira

  • Wines tasted:1959 Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 84pts1967 Beaucastel ... ... completeness are: Counoise, Cinsault, Muscardin, Vaccares, Terret Noir, then the whites; Roussane, Bourbelenc, Picpoul, Clairette and Picardin. And yes I had to look that up in order to complete the list!The current owners at Beaucastel, the Perrin Family, have had a... Read More

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