Sensitive to the wind because its branches are fine and brittle, it requires perfect sunlight to develop its aromas to the maximum and should be harvested very early in the morning because its juice is sensitive to oxidation.
Cinsault is a southern grape variety of Provençal origin which has settled permanently in the Languedoc and the Rhone valley. Its bunches are large, composed of large grapes with very juicy flesh. It is a late-budding grape variety that needs sunshine and resists well to drought, quite productive but fragile against diseases. It prefers poor soils for quality production. Cinsault is associated with Grenache and Carignan for the production of red wines, and also plays a part in the production of rosé wines. It is an accessory grape variety which shouldn’t exceed 10% of the grape variety.