Happy Wine Wednesday everyone! Today’s wine is a personal delight of a Cinsault from Domaine de Familongue – the Mont Baudile Mas des Vignals, 2011.
Violet-colored and silky smooth, this Cinsault (pronounced, san-so) embodies the best of its southern region. As one of the oldest varietals in France, it is thought to have originated between Provence and Languedoc. Hearty and usually considered an excellent blending grape, Cinsault thrives best in hot and dry climates. It is also planted in Lebanon, the second largest producer outside France, Northern Africa in Morocco and Tunisia and South Africa, where it is called “Hermitage” but is a different wine altogether from the French Syrah called “Hermitage”. South Africa also is where Cinsault was blended with Pinot Noir to create “Pinotage“.
This Cinsault is soft and velvety on the palate with fruit in the background and a very light perfume on the nose. Soft tannins allow this wine to gently warm you with white pepper and that light raspberry and strawberry fruit. This is a medium to full-bodied red that would complement fruit and tangy, bright blue cheeses perfectly. But it is also mellow enough to be thoroughly enjoyed without food. Enjoy!