Rare Vineyards Cinsault Rosé 2016

Rare Vineyards Cinsault Rosé 2016

The Cinsault grape produces marvellous red wine but as proved here, it's also spot on for classy rosé. Rare Vineyards have come up with a classic wild strawberry hit, complemented by some herby notes on the finish.
The immensely popular Rare Vineyards have come up with a classic wild strawberry hit, propped up by a refreshing acidity and complemented by some herby notes on the finish. Classy and effortlessly drinkable, this is one of the most accessible rosés on our list.
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Languedoc-Roussillon region of France

Together, these two vast Mediterranean areas have been the hotbed of experimentation and innovation for French wines.

In the west lies the smaller of the two appellations, Roussillon. This region, which borders Spain to the south alongside the shared Pyrenees, and with the sea to the east, is vastly different to its Languedoc neighbour. There is a lot of sunshine in Roussillon making some of the vineyards are very dry and hot so unsurprisingly, Grenache is a variety that thrives here, being a variety (much like Rioja) that likes hot and arid conditions.

Roussillon is especially famous for Vin Doux Naturels and of these, Rivesaltes, Maury and Banyuls are the best known. Of these three, Banyuls is held in highest esteem, but all three focus on Grenache for its production. Light wines from the Banuyls area are called Collioure, again made from Grenache but with plenty of Syrah and Mourvèdre added in the mix too. Côtes de Roussillon wine is made with Carignan, Cinsault as well as Syrah and Mourvedrè whereas the appellation known as Côtes de Roussillon Villages is a step up from the previous designation and the even more superior (and recent) again, Côtes du Roussillon Les Aspres.

Moving east and we come to the Languedoc, which is split into several significant sub-regions according to the different climatic and geographical influences, the reds of Minervois, Corbières and Fitou are seen as good quality and good value for money too. Meanwhile Limoux is a region gaining ground for its value for money fizz made from the varieties Mauzac, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Moving east again, until the Languedoc meets the Rhône river, the Côteaux du Languedoc is responsible is a hugely important appellation as too are St Chinian, Faugères, Clairette de Languedoc and Picpoul de Pinet - all of which are worth trying. 


Cinsault doesn’t get credit for the talent it possesses. To many wine aficionados, Cinsault’s only contribution is either as part of a group or when it’s blended with more rugged grape varieties to impart grace, charm, softness, and bouquet into the blend. But then again, the groups and other grapes Cinsault has been connected to are some of the superstars of the wine world. Cinsault is one of the 13 grapes legally allowed to be included in Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines and it is one of the six red grapes used in the Cotes du Rhone region, where it is used more often. Beyond that, you often seen Cinsaults paired up with either Grenache or Carignan, two decidedly rough-hewn, manly grapes that need a strong feminine influence to make it more presentable. That’s Cinsault’s purpose.

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Salads & Vegetables
This wine works well with the flavours of aubergine, lentils, chickpeas, beetroot and spinach and is delightful with a bowl of olives.
Fish & Seafood
Team this wine with a good fish soup or enjoy with scallops and prawns.
Pasta & Other Sauces
A light tomato or mushroom sauce works well here as does a light olive oil based accompaniment.
This wine is great with roast or cold turkey and an array of charcuterie and thinly sliced meats. If you want to splurge try some Bellota ham!
Herbs & Spices 
Pair mint, dill or parsley as your primary herbs with this wine.
Spicy Foods
Lighter Thai or lentil-based Moroccan dishes would suit this particular wine.
Enjoy this wine with a selection of Greek cheeses such as feta and halloumi or enjoy with creamed cheese.
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