Best Cinsaut Wine

Cinsaut, or Cinsault as it is sometimes called, is a dark-skinned red vitis vinifera grape that’s often blended with Grenache, Carignan and Syrah grapes to add softness and bouquet to a wine. A French grape in origin, it’s unusual to see Cinsaut produced as a single varietal comprising 100% of the wine. Cinsaut is the fourth-most planted grape in France.

Cinsaut is light in body and low in tannin, and adds lovely perfumed aromas of red berries to its blends, especially when harvested young. It is one of 13 minor grapes permitted in the coveted Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines of the Rhone Valley in France. Cinsaut also adds a fruity bouquet to the Rhone’s Tavel rosés.

Cinsaut has been grown for centuries in the southern French region of Langeudoc-Rousillon. Its drought resistance and high yields have made Cinsaut the workhorse grape of this region's wine production.

My reviews of these Cinsaut red wines are updated weekly. These Cinsaut red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Cinsaut wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Cinsaut in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Rocca Maura Lirac Les Vignerons De Roquemaure Grenache Mourvèdre Syrah Cinsaut 2007
A.C., Rhône, France
Vintages Wine Panel: Lirac wines must contain at least 40% Grenache with Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsaut in support. This example features aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, and garrigue (i.e., the smell of rosemary, thyme, sage and lemon verbena that pervades the air of the Rhône and Midi). Dry, juicy fruity, with a long, spicy, finely balanced finish. My note: Rustic and tasty! Notes of black cherry and cedar cuddle up with some smoky blackberries. Grenache Mourvèdre Syrah Cinsaut food pairings: Asian beef stir-fries. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $16.95 Score: 89/100

This Grenache Mourvèdre Syrah Cinsaut was reviewed November 21, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 142737  Check Stock

Cellier Des Dauphins Réserve Saint-Maurice Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre Cinsaut 2007
A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, Rhône, Estate Btld., France
Vintages Wine Panel: From the village of Saint-Maurice, this wine is dominated by 65% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsaut making up a further 25% (the remaining 10% is listed as other). It’s deep ruby in color with youthful purple highlights, and the fresh aromas feature strawberry, cherry, plum and underbrush. Dry, medium bodied with fleshy fruit intensity balanced by soft tannins, it should be enjoyed anytime over the next 2-3 years with lamb stew or grilled game meats. My note: an excellent value for this tasty, vibrant red. Imminently quaffable, no analysis required (and any would be considered strange). Love the cedary, black cherry richness. You don’t need to pay a lot for pleasure. Let go and let it roll. Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre Cinsaut food pairings: tofurkey, pork tenderloin, mature hard cheese, pasta with a herbed tomato sauce, brisket, grilled steak. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $14.95 Score: 88/100

This Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre Cinsaut was reviewed March 28, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 102970  Check Stock

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In 1925, Cinsaut was crossed with Pinot Noir to create South Africa's signature grape Pinotage, initially called Hermitage. Pinotage now outproduces Cinsaut in the country’s Western Cape region. Cinsaut is also successfully grown in Algeria, Australia and Lebanon, where it is the lead grape in the country’s flagship wine, Château Musar. 

Cinsaut is finding a minor resurgence in Italy, especially in the southern region of Puglia. Cinsaut is also sold as edible table grapes in both France and Australia.

A Cinsaut blend wine is a perfect pairing to many French cheeses, such as Gruyère and Brie.