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Cinsault

Cinsault is a red grape variety originating from the south of France and is widely planted across the Mediterranean basin. It is known for its relatively low tannin levels and light-bodied, fruity wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Cinsault is a red grape variety with small berries and thin skins. It produces light to medium-bodied wines with low tannin levels. The wines have aromas of red berries and spices, with flavours of raspberry and strawberry.

Fresh Cinsault grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Cinsault is widely grown in France in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and Corsica regions. It is also found in other Mediterranean countries such as Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Turkey. Cinsault is known for its high yields and is best suited for warmer climates. It is a drought-resistant grape variety and is relatively easy to grow. The wines are usually made in a simple, fruity style with little oak ageing. It is also widely used for rosé wines in Provence. In the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Cinsault is often used in blends with other varieties such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. In Provence, it is often blended with Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. In Corsica, it is usually blended with Nielluccio and Sciacarello. Cinsault pairs well with light dishes such as grilled fish, cheeses and pasta. It also goes well with spicy dishes such as curries and stir-fries.

Foods to pair with Cinsault:

Pasta
Deep fried
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Cinsault
Cinsault is grown also in Texas, specifically in the Texas High Plains A.V.A.

Top Wines with Cinsault

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Château Musar Rouge (Gaston Hochar)

Château Musar

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Château Musar Rouge (Gaston Hochar) is a unique and complex blend of Cinsault, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. It is a powerful and intense wine, with aromas of ripe plums, blackberries, and toasted oak, followed by smooth tannins on the palate. Its aromas and flavors are intense and long-lasting, with a hint of smokiness that lingers in the finish. Enjoy this full-bodied red with grilled meats, game, and aged cheeses.
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Château Musar Hochar (Père et Fils)

Château Musar

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Château Musar Hochar (Père et Fils) is a renowned wine producer from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. The vineyards are situated at high altitudes, which results in a cooler climate and longer ripening period, allowing the grapes to develop complex flavors. The winemaking process is traditional, with minimal intervention and aging in oak barrels for several years. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, and Cinsault, resulting in a full-bodied and rich wine with notes of dark fruit, spice, and leather. Château Musar Hochar (Père et Fils) is a unique and distinctive wine that showcases the terroir and winemaking traditions of Lebanon.
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Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge

Domaine Tempier

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Domaine Tempier Bandol Rouge is a highly regarded wine from the Bandol appellation in Provence, France. Produced by a renowned estate, this wine showcases the unique characteristics of the region's vineyards. The vineyards are blessed with a Mediterranean climate, benefiting from warm days and cool nights, which contribute to the wine's exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques, including hand-harvesting and aging in oak barrels. The resulting wine is known for its rich and complex flavors, with notes of dark fruits, spices, and earthiness.
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La Bastide Blanche Bandol

La Bastide Blanche

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La Bastide Blanche Bandol is a highly regarded wine producer located in the Bandol appellation of Provence, France. The vineyard is situated on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, providing ideal growing conditions for the Mourvèdre grape variety. The winemaking process is carefully managed to ensure the wine reflects the unique terroir of the region. The resulting wine is a full-bodied red with rich flavors of dark fruit, spice, and earthy notes. La Bastide Blanche Bandol is known for producing wines that are complex, elegant, and age-worthy, making them a favorite among wine enthusiasts and collectors alike.
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De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault

De Martino

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De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault is a captivating wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from a renowned appellation, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in exceptional vineyards. The unique feature of this wine lies in its winemaking process, as it is aged in traditional clay vessels called tinajas. This ancient technique imparts a distinct character to the wine, resulting in a truly remarkable and authentic experience. With its vibrant and expressive style, De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault is sure to captivate wine enthusiasts seeking a wine that beautifully combines tradition and innovation.
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