Cinsault grape variety

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Cinsault grape variety
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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

A number of red wines from southern France, such as the delicious Henri Milan Sans Soufre Ajouté, use the Cinsault grape - a variety that is not very common in Australia where it is sometimes called Blue Imperial or Oeillade.
It is widely planted in the south of France due to its resistance to heat and its ability to survive without water. The French also planted it widely in Algeria for the same reasons.
Other characteristics of this grape variety are the soft tannins and pleasant perfume of wild strawberries.
It has also been shown through DNA testing that the very rare Ottavianello which is found near Brindisi in southern Italy is, in fact, Cinsault. It is also used in Lebanon where it is one of the grapes blended into the famous Chateau Musar reds.
The vine leaves have the common Vinifera 5 lobe structure with a fairly deep lateral sinus.
Wines that use this grape variety include the Henri Milan red wines from Les Baux de Provence, the juicy Fou du Roi from Le Temps des Cerises, the red wines from Philippe Gimel called Oligocene and La Source and the Cuvée Lea Felsch from Catherine Le Goeuil in Cairanne in the southern Rhone.
 
     
     
     


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