Cinsault

Red grape variety

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What is Cinsault?

Cinsault, or Cinsaut, is a red grape variety from southern France, widely planted as a heat-tolerant, high-yielding workhorse, but treated carefully it is capable of producing seductively refreshing wine.

What does Cinsault taste like?

Cinsault often appears in a blend, where it contributes soft, bright red berry fruit with modest alcohol and tannin. These attributes also translate well into delicate, thirst-quenching rosé.

Where is Cinsault from?

Cinsault has been grown for centuries in the Languedoc and may have originated here. However, it could feasibly have been introduced from the eastern Mediterranean by Greek traders who colonised southern France in the 6th century BC.
 


Where does Cinsault grow?

Cinsault’s primary home remains southern France, especially the Languedoc and Var, although it is also a permitted variety in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. While still prolific, Cinsault plantings in France have declined significantly since the 1980s in favour of more easily marketable grapes such as Syrah. Elsewhere, Cinsault’s ability to withstand hot, dry conditions has made it an important grape in both Morocco and Lebanon. Cinsault also has a long history in South Africa and remains widely planted despite a decline in favour of more fashionable varieties. The grape also has deep roots in Chile, with several producers working to promote the high quality of old vine Cinsault from Itata.

Famous Cinsault regions:

  • Pays d’Hérault, Languedoc, France
  • Var, Provence, France
  • Itata, Chile

Anything else?

Cinsault, historically known in South Africa as Hermitage, was crossed with Pinot Noir in 1925 to create a new variety called Pinotage, today the country’s third most widely planted red grape.

Our selection of great Cinsault

  • Mas Combarela, St Guilhem Le Désert, Languedoc, France
  • De Martino, Itata, Chile
  • Natte Valleij, SimonsbergPaarl, South Africa
  • Domaine des Tourelles, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Country of origin: France
Color: white
Body: intense
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 6 to 30 €
Serving: Fish, Venison

This grape variety is also known by the name of:

Blue Imperial, Black Malvoisie, Boudalès, Bourdalès, Bourdelas, Bourdales kek, Cuvillier, Cuviller, Budales, Calabre, Cinqsaut,Couché, Espagne, Espagnin noir, Cincout, Cinsanet, Cinq-Sao, Froutignan, Cubilier, Cubiller, Kara Takopoulo, Grappu de la Dordogne, Malaga kek, Chainette, Maurange, Gros de Lacaze, Gros Marocain, Œillade noir, Œillade, Marrouquin, Hermitage, Morterille Noir, Piede rosso, Malvoisie black, Mavro Kara Melki, Picardan Noir, Imperial blue, Piede di Colombo, Milhau, Morterille, Navarro, Pis de Chèvre, Milhaud du Pradel, Marroquin, Negru de Sarichioi, Pis de Chèvre rouge, Salerne, Pedaire, Moustardier noir, Plant d’Arles, Plant de Broqui, Plant de Broquies, Poupe de Crabe, Papadou, Ottavianello, Prunaley, Poupo de Crabe, Piede di Palumbo, Passerille, Ottaviano, Pampous, Ottavianuccia, Ottavinello, Madiran du Portugal, Pousse de Chèvre, Pousse de Chèvre rouge, Petaire, Senso, Prunellas, Prunellas noir, Prunella, Piquepoul d’Uzés, Sensu, West's White Prolific, Samsó, Ulliaou, Strum, Prunelas, Takopulo kara, Ulliade Noire

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2020 Cinsault MILES, Valle del Itata
Pedro Parra y Familia
Chile
Itata Valley,  Valle Sur,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
14,5%
€€€€
Cinsault MILES, Valle del Itata Red Wine
96
2020 Cinsault HUB, Valle del Itata
Pedro Parra y Familia
Chile
Itata Valley,  Valle Sur,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
14%
€€€
Cinsault HUB, Valle del Itata Red Wine
95
2020 Cinsault MONK, Valle del Itata
Pedro Parra y Familia
Chile
Itata Valley,  Valle Sur,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
13,5%
€€€
Cinsault MONK, Valle del Itata Red Wine
94
2020 La Muse Papilles Côtes du Rhône AOC
Domaine Montirius
France
Rhône,  France
Rosé Wine
Cinsault
13%
La Muse Papilles Côtes du Rhône AOC Rosé Wine
91
2019 Domaine Saint-Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC Rouge Cuvée F601
Domaine Saint Prefert
France
Châteauneuf-du-Pape,  Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur,  France
Red Wine
Cinsault
16%
Domaine Saint-Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC Rouge Cuvée F601 Red Wine
100
2019 Los Amigos CoPa Cinsault, Valle del Itata
Copa Wines
Chile
Itata Valley,  Valle Sur,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
13,6%
€€€
Los Amigos CoPa Cinsault, Valle del Itata Red Wine
92
2019 Gard IGP Les Copines Adorent!
Mas du Chêne
France
Languedoc-Roussillon,  France
Red Wine
Cinsault
12,5%
Gard IGP Les Copines Adorent! Red Wine
90
2019 Chantarel Rosé
Chantovent
France
Languedoc,  Languedoc,  France
Rosé Wine
Cinsault
12,5%
Chantarel Rosé Rosé Wine
89
2019 Villa des Anges Rosé
Jeff Carrel
France
Languedoc,  Languedoc,  France
Rosé Wine
Cinsault
Villa des Anges Rosé Rosé Wine
88
2019 Le Petit Balthazar Rosé
Pierrick Harang Wine
France
Languedoc,  Languedoc,  France
Rosé Wine
Cinsault
11%
Le Petit Balthazar Rosé Rosé Wine
88
2018 Cinsault Imaginador, D.O. Secano Interior Itata
Pedro Parra y Familia
Chile
Itata Valley,  Valle Sur,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
12,5%
€€€
Cinsault Imaginador, D.O. Secano Interior Itata Red Wine
93
2018 Viejas Tinajas Cinsault
Zweifel 1898
Chile
Itata Valley,  Valle Sur,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
12,5%
Viejas Tinajas Cinsault Red Wine
92
2018 Garage Wine Cinsault The Soothsayers Ferment Single Ferment Series, D.O. Secano Interior Portezuelo
Garage Wine Co.
Chile
Central Valley,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
14%
€€€
Garage Wine Cinsault The Soothsayers Ferment Single Ferment Series, D.O. Secano Interior Portezuelo Red Wine
92
2018 Cinsault Abuelo Pays de Caux IGP
Domaine Allegria
France
Languedoc-Roussillon,  France
Red Wine
Cinsault
14%
€€
Cinsault Abuelo Pays de Caux IGP Red Wine
92
2018 Montes Outer Limits Old Roots Cinsault, D.O. Valle del Itata
Viña Montes
Chile
Itata Valley,  Valle Sur,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
14%
Montes Outer Limits Old Roots Cinsault, D.O. Valle del Itata Red Wine
90
2017 Marterey Rosé Pays d'Oc IGP
Union des caves coopératives de Cébazan-Cruzy et Argeliers
France
Languedoc-Roussillon,  France
Rosé Wine
Cinsault
12%
Marterey Rosé Pays d'Oc IGP Rosé Wine
88
2016 Côtes de Provence AOC La Chapelle Gordonne Tête de Cuve Blanc
Château La Gordonne
France
Provence,  France
White Wine
Cinsault
14%
€€€
Côtes de Provence AOC La Chapelle Gordonne Tête de Cuve Blanc White Wine
93
2014 Cinsault Gallardía di Itata
De Martino
Chile
Secano Interior / Colemu,  Valle Sur,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
13%
€€
Cinsault Gallardía di Itata Red Wine
90
2014 Viejas Tinajas Cinsault
De Martino
Chile
Itata Valley,  Valle Sur,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
13%
€€€
Viejas Tinajas Cinsault Red Wine
89
2013 Vigno Cinsault
De Martino
Chile
Mouth,  Chile
Red Wine
Cinsault
13,5%
€€€
Vigno Cinsault Red Wine
90
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