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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  • DM, what would you like to know?We've been to Paso many times over the last ... ... for reds and Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc for whites. I have enjoyed the cabs from this area and they continue to be more in line with my palate.  Even though it is a warm climate the cabs are not as jammy, tannic or fruit forward as a lot of Napa cab... Read More

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  • Pontificis Pay D 'Oc Blanc 2016

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    Better with air. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Pontificis Pay D 'Oc Blanc 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Halter Ranch White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Cotes de Paso Blanc 2010

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    Wine review by Sally Smithy


  • I agree - that was my feeling as well when they turned their nose to Beaujolais ... to find good Roussanne and Marsanne too...I am going to give myself two dinners and two lunches at restaurants (it's 4 days!). But... I do have one restriction that will be significant: I do not eat meat!As to meeting locals, I am a little shy (believe it or not... Read More

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  • Hi guys, I'm here again for some advice on wine travel: I will be in Lyon this November for 4 days (well, 3 and 1/2) and I was thinking about trying to hit a couple of caves. I will not be driving, which makes it tricky, but not afraid of taking trains, buses, Bla Bla Car, Uber, etc... Also not *totally* opposed to tours... I know, beggars can't... Read More

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  • Pontificis 2015

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    Normally I would not be attracted to this blend, but it was crisp and light to medium bodied. Floral and a good price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • RBA-Congratulations to all. Sounds expensive........We moved our youngest ... ... Alina White Rhone Blend-50% Marsanne and 50% Roussane was our first of such varietal but it was most excellent. We are quickly becoming big fans of Macario & Griselda as we have not had a bad wine from them! A bright, tropical and crisp white with some lemon, min... Read More

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  • I panicked!No, we just felt like some red. I misjudged the style a ... behind ... behind it.  It was a Marsanne/Roussane/Viognier blend from Alder Springs.  Not just the very large vineyard owned by the guy who invented the California Cooler. He grows all kinds of grapes up there, and his chardonnay and pinot noir have been made into wines by ... Read More

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  • Domaine Font de Michelle Cuvée Etienne Gonnet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005

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    The wine is a deep ruby in the glass, a bit darker than usual but in my view an ideal color. The nose presents aromas of ripe fruit, plum, cherry and dates, overlaid with some wonderful dried floral and spice notes. The taste is a nice rush of sweet fruit up front, a combination of berries and dried fruit that transition to some lovely spice n... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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