One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A variety of red wine grape grown in southern France, northern Africa, and South Africa; the simple, fruity rosé or red wine made from this grape.
1940s. From French cinsault, cinsaut (not dated in dictionaries of French; also as cinq-saou (also with capital initial(s), and as two words)), the name of a variety of grape and of the wine produced from it, probably from Occitan cinsau, further etymology unknown.
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