Marsanne

 

Common synonyms: Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche, Metternich, Rhin, Rousseau, Roussette de Sainte-Peray, Roussette Grosse, Seme du Rhin, White Hermitage, Zrmitazh

Parentage of the grape: Unknown

History of the grape: Marsanne is native to the northern Rhone valley in France. There, it was the traditional blending partner of Roussanne, but has slowly been taking over because of its greater reliability. It is becoming the primary variety in appellations such as St-Joseph, St-Peray, and Crozes-Hermitage. The role of Roussanne had been to bring acidity to the blend, since Marsanne can be flabby, but when grown in the right place, picked at the right time, and not overcropped, Marsanne can produce balanced wines. This variety also produces excellent wines in Switzerland and in nearby Savoie, where it is known as Grosse Roussette. Marsanne is used in blends throughout the Languedoc, but is not one of the varieties Read more »

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  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Again, with these white Rhone-style whites from British Columbia Canada, there is intriguing Camomile Tea and peach with hints of pear, kiwi and other soft fruit. Good viscosity (mouth feel) with peach and some almond-like bitterness on the finish. Lacking only a bit of purity. Excellent value. 89 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Saint Peray Grain de Silex Guy Farge 2012

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea ... made from roussannne and marsanne grapes.80% of production is sparkling but my bottle is a still wine. Domaine Guy Farge consists of 17 hectares spread over the Cornas,Saint-Joseph and Saint-Peray appellations and this bottle consists of 90% roussanne and 10% marsanne.I started it... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Okay, I'm providing wine for my family (or I hope so, or I won't have ... Albarino?  Or a Tahbilk Marsanne, one of my few go-to Aussie wines?  Or a Fiano or Falanghina from Italy, which can regularly come in for $15?  (Reading DMcker's advice after first draft--great minds think alike.) Liveli makes a good Fiano that is pretty widely available... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

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  • Hi everyone, after another long bout of absence, back posting a couple of ... Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2013$30. I was not expecting this, a Rhone blend produced in the Yarra? The warm and dry conditions of the 2013 vintage probably aided the ripening of these varietals too. Each variety was grafted in 2006 to rootstocks which are between 15 ... Read More

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  • Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Offerus 2003

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot from the website ... to 10% of the white grapes marsanne and roussanne have been allowed in a blend] Saint-Joseph is not considered as prestigious as Hermitage or Cote-Rotie but does offer better value for money. The Chave family have been involved in wine making in the northern Rhone since 1481. Je... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cotes du Rhone le Temps Est Venu. Michel et Stephane Ogier 2013

    Snoothrank:

    This is a really nice French white blend of grenache, chardonnay and marsanne. Light, crisp, almost like a Napa sauvignon blanc with nice white grapefruit pith, lemon lime sherbet, good acidity and a medium finish. Great QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • D'Arenberg White Blend Mclaren Vale the Stump Jump 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • Crozes-Hermitage Jean Astier 1983

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... to 15% of the white grapes marsanne and roussanne may be added.Jean Astier is a negociant based in Chateauneuf-du-Pape who operates throughout the Rhone valley. I started my bottle last night with my supper of sausages and mash and I did enjoy it. The cork was very crumbly and broke up a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • D'Arenberg Hermit Crab' /9 2008

    Snoothrank:

    Light straw color...held up well in 2014. The Viognier Marsanne bled is true to form, but just not my preference. Well balanced. If I liked this type of blend, it would receive high compliments. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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