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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  • Les 3 Lys Crozes-Hermitage 2013

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle from a local supermarket where it was on special offer for ... to 15% of the white grapes marsanne and roussanne may be added to a blend. These grapes are also used for the white Crozes-Hermitage.My bottle was made by Cave de Tain, a massive co-operative that accounts for 50% of the total production of the appellation.[Much... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Peach, melon, tangerine and honeysuckle dominate both the nose and palate. This is gripping and crisp with good minerality and acidity with a zippy after taste. Well done - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Qupe Marsanne 2008

    Snoothrank:

    This is just an excellent bottle of Santa Ynez Marsanne/Roussanne from Qupe. The nose is very distinctive, floral and reminiscent of freshly peeled clementine. For an '08 white, this is still very much alive and vibrant. Layers of orange zest, orange marmalade, apricot, ripe peach and a touch of salinity mix with medium plus acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • DM, that Elpenor label actually reminded me more of a children's book we ... we ... bottle of Santa Ynez Marsanne/Roussanne from Qupe.  The nose is very distinctive, floral and reminiscent of freshly peeled clementine. For an '08 white, this is still very much alive and vibrant. Layers of orange zest, orange marmalade, apricot, ripe peach and... Read More

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  • Had Foxall and family over last night. Heard E-Mark hosted as well, so please ... like this is a Clairette, Marsanne blend which makes a lot of sense as it didn't have the elevated acidity I'd expect from Sauv Blanc, seeming better for early consumption, this wine was clearly aged longer than necessary, but still held up fine for easy drinking... Read More

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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... Gewürztraminer, Marsanne, Muscat Canelli, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Riesling, Roussane, Sémillon, Trousseau gris, and Viognier.[8]Up until the late 1980s, the Californian wine industry was dominated by the Bordeaux varietals and Chardonnay Read More

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  • Trying to recall a conversation we had a little while ago on this subject.Whats the most widely planted (acreage) and produced (bottles) red grape in CA, U.S., and worldwide?I seem to recall a Snooth article mentioning Grenache as the most widely planted red grape worldwide, but that was some years ago. I'm assuming it's Chardonnay for white? Read More

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  • Lots of good stuff here and it was difficult to not open one; only the fear of ... multiple bottles of Prado (Marsanne/Roussanne blend) and she responded with "Yippee!"Like I mentioned, I know that Robin's plate is full, what with the new job at Swanson.  Whenever you chat with him, tell him that he as a lot of fans out here.  I'll keep my Aps... Read More

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  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... Rogue Valley Grenache Blanc/MarsanneCowan Cellars -  The Italians - 2ea 2012 Ribolla Gialla Russian River Valley Skin-fermented, 2014 Ribolla Gialla Russian River Valley (not skin-fermented), 2014 Fiano Russian River Valley "sous-voile"Campesino Cellars - Red Rho... Read More

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  • Well, the 2016 mailing list season started today for me--Halcon.So, following ... ... for 2 X 2014 Prado Marsanne/Roussanne Blend1 X 2014 Wentzel Pinot Noir3 X 2014 Alturas SyrahI was really pleased to see that the Prado was still offered.  For some reason or other I thought that I'd read that Halcon was not going to do that anymore.  Mrs. EM... Read More

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