Cinsault in Lebanon

Cinsault is a workmanlike red grape, widely planted in the south of France. In Lebanon it has been used to make wine for 150 years and today makes up nearly 40% of Lebanon’s total wine grapes. The Cinsault was one of the first imported grape varieties planted in Lebanon, probably bought by the Jesuits of Ksara from Algeria. Today, Cinsault is used for table wines and rosés, but its most famous role is as one of the three main varietals used in the famous Château Musar as well as Massaya’s Silver Selection, Chateau St Thomas Les Gourmets, and, to a lesser degree, in Domaine des Tourelles entry level red.
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