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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      Crozes-Hermitage is the Northern Rhone’s largest appellation, both in terms of acreage and...

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    St-Joseph St-Joseph is an appellation in the Northern Rhone. The red wines for which it is...

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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

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    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


  • Domaine Lafage Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes Cote Est Blanc 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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


  • This is the last of a six pack I purchased from LastBottleWines. 43% Marsanne, 33% Roussanne and 24% Viognier. Starting off a bit too cold but the Viognier is pushing through aromatically. Will follow and report back. Read More

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  • Domaine Pierre Gonon Saint Joseph Blanc "Les Oliviers" 2011

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    Much more golden colored in the glass than I would have normally expected. Something of an apply nose with, maybe, a touch of yeast. Some of that apple flavor at the front of the tongue, but that diminishes. Some earthiness or mineral flavors seem to then emerge. Then some pleasant acid tartness. The wine seems to have an unusual mouth feel... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • First off did I mention Mother Nature? She seems to have her ways of making my ... 2012 Prado 50/50 Roussanne Marsanne from Alder Springs Vnyd. Lovely white flowers and creamy fruit deliver this wine impressively.He also brought his 2012 Esquisto Mourvedre. Lots of this left for revisits tonight!We had some other red starters as well that were... Read More

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  • Qupe Marsanne Santa Yenz Valley 2011

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    Wine review by gntop1


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