Cinsault

 

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 Tourtine-Domaine Tempier Bandol Aoc Red Provence Mourvèdre Cinsault Grenache 2008

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    This is probably the finest rosé in the world. Certainly it is one of the finest. It is dry, elegant and great for just sipping or with food, especially Mediterranean cuisine and most any pork. I've been drinking it for many years, having happened upon it in Cannes. It is hard to find and skews to the pricey side of rosé wines, but it is well wo... Read More

    Wine review by WineDawg1


  • Mas de Gourgonnier Red Rhone Blend les Baux-de-Provence 2006

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    Wine review by melwall


  • VdT Rosé Petit Cochon Bronzé Rimbert 2008

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    i don't have much to say about this wine...the nose smells like fresh garbage to me, or more like fresh garbage laden with a plethora of rotting fruit...and it carries over to the mouth... Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Le Cigare Volant 2004

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    Wine review by JessicaW


  • Le Cigare Volant 2004

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    Drank at Merriman's in Hawaii. Read More

    Wine review by JessicaW


  • Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Villages 2007

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    Wine review by Wezie


  • Le Cigare Volant 2004

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    Markedly different from the 2003. This is the wine to go for if you want a more meaty, fruity wine. The '03 is for structure and finesse.[compared to the '03]. Richer, more mouthfeel, much more youthful tannins. Plums dominate, but the tannins really build over time. A powerful wine, although the finish is smooth. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Le Cigare Volant 2003

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    Tobacco, figs and pepper on the nose. A refined wine, with just the perfect amount of age. The fruit's still there - black cherry, blackcurrant, raisins - but there are also some nice secondary aromas - leather. Its very fruity, on the verge of being too much, so I bet its improved over the last few years as the fruit had time to die down. Nice ... Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Le Cigare Volant 2004

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    Wine review by lindseys


  • Le Cigare Volant 2004

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    If Snooth opted for the relationship status, I would say that It's Complicated with Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant right now. It's rich and expressive, lots of dark chocolate and espresso flavors, wood, strong tannins, earth, cranberries, cherries, Marlboro 27's. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


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