Getting to Know
Cinsault (San-so), traditionally used as a blending grape is a red wine grape found primarily in Southern France.
A fruity, vibrant red that shows freshness and great floral notes.
Cinsault is used for rose wines as well as a minor blending grape in Southern France.
With notably low tannins, the grape adds perfume to a blend. In terms of its taste profile, it is light with notes of red berries, violet, and black tea.
WHERE TO FIND THE Cinsault Grape
Given its heat tolerance and drought resistance, Cinsault can be found in warm, dry climates like Southern France, North and South Africa, Morocco, Lebanon, Israel, and parts of the USA.
Cinsault was once a popular blending grape in California, dating back to the 1860s but today it has been largely pulled out and replanted, though you can find it in limited amounts at wineries like Turley Wine Cellars in Napa Valley and Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz. In the USA today, Cinsault is found more prominently in the burgeoning Texas wine country, used for rosé wines.
In its best known production area of Southern France, find Cinsault in the Southern Rhone where it is one of the minor grape varieties in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape blend. Also in the Southern Rhone, the Cinsault grape is used for blending in Gigondas, Tavel, and more.
Other names to look for when exploring Cinsault wine:
When is the Right Mood for CinSault Wine?
HOW TO ENJOY Cinsault WINE
Cinsault food pairing
A traditional favorite Cinsault wine pairing is escargot with garlic butter. We also suggest stews and rich meats of lamb, goat, and duck.
Practical Tips for Cinsault Wine
Glassware: The wine should be consumed out of a Red Wine Glass.
Shelf life: Five to seven years.