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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  • Again, I don't know how "completely different" this is, but since ... ... label indicates 100% Marsanne.A fairly floral nose.  One entry I get a lot of stone fruit--peach, apricot.  A suggestion of sweet, but that is the fruitiness.  Very nice tart acid.  Some mineral suggestion mid-palate.  Very light bodied -- almost Vinho Verde light.  Nice... Read More

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  • Cave de Tain l'Hermitage Crozes-Hermitage White Nobles Rives 2013

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    Something of a floral nose. Stone fruit on entrypeach, apricot. Very light bodied. Some minerality mid-palate. Nice tart acid. Nice summer sipping wine, even though winter here in the Northern Hemisphere is less than two weeks away. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've ... ... with a classic blend of Marsanne, Viognier, and Roussanne. The addition of Trebbiano gives the wine a lilting acidity. The combination of grapes makes this wine versatile. With primary notes of pear and apricot, the wine moves into lemon zest, tea, and exotic spice... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List


  • Saint Joseph Baligant Ogier 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Have a shipment (~2 cases) heading out of Paso on Monday, arriving here next ... ... a bit of roussanne and marsanne and a few "others" Read More

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  • Treana Blanc 2014

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    Tea leaf and mineral salinity on the nose with floral notes of white blossom and peach with a touch of soft cream. This is playful and robust in the mouth with full bodied texture and notes of peach, lemon, and creamy toast notes and hints of hazelnut and vanilla oak. The complexity and elegance makes this an excellent white Rhone style selection. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I recall Jaffurs Syrah being very drinkable on or near release.Based on my ... ... a little mixed in with, say, Marsanne and Roussanne, she's usually OK with it.That being said, I wonder how Viognier would match with Asian cuisine?  To me Viognier has characteristics that are similar to Gewurztraminer--which is, often, a "go to" wine with Asia... Read More

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  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2015

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    A bit floral but light on the nose overall. Light pear and some pineapple on the palate with puckery acidity and a long slighlty bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Cotes du Rhone Villages Reserve Perrin Blanc 2015

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    Apples on the nose with fruit on entry with lots of acid and a slightly bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Is there a winemaker/grower that OT doesn't know?  Now they want his ... given a bottle of Roussane?Marsanne/Viognier by the nice people at J. Lohr--more coming on that.  I hope I didn't cook it in the car, as we tried to park in shade wherever we went, but it was difficult.  On the way home, we decided to get off the freeway to avoid traffic,... Read More

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