VARIETAL CONVERSATIONS

Le Cinsault

Cinsault is one of the 58 grape varieties that make IGP Pays d’Oc so varied and exciting. The official quality endorsement is featured on the bottles.

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The aromas I conjure up

This is my homeland! As a Mediterranean grape variety, I excel from the coast to the sun-kissed inland areas. My aromas are fruity and perfumed – pomegranate, redcurrant, peach and nectarine.
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My favourite occasions

The choice is yours! As an aperitif, with an al fresco lunch, dinner or even in the evening, my vibrant yet rounded characters mean that I can be your faithful companion all summer long, without ever losing my good spirits.
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The dishes I prefer

Some people compare me to olive oil! Not for my flavour, obviously, but because I can pair with any type of Mediterranean food, from ratatouille and pizza to lamb with rosemary and grilled fish.
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My little secret…

With my large, sweet, juicy grapes and their thin skins, I am one of just a handful of wine varieties that can also be served as a dessert grape. In fact, traditionally, a few Cinsault vines were planted in vineyards to regale the grape pickers!

My favourite dish

Tapenade of black olives, capers and Collioure anchovies

In the bowl of an electric blender, tip in the pitted black olives and 1 clove of de-germed garlic. Drain the capers and anchovies then add them. Pour in a little lemon juice and blend. Slowly pour in the olive oil. The paste will gradually thicken and become quite thick. Taste the mixture and add lemon juice a little at a time so as not to spoil the flavour of the tapenade. Serve the tapenade with a glass of chilled Cinsault IGP Pays d’Oc.

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