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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  • How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, ... complex blend of six grapes (Marsanne, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc) which come from the same plot, planted side by side in deep Villafranchien soil dotted with the large, rounded pebbles (galets roulés) so typical of this area. ... Read More

    From the article A Question of Women in Wine


  • There were three of us, or actually 2 1/2 since my wife didn't drink much ... ... Prado to start, a 50.50 Marsanne/Rousanne blend that would have gone really well with the mushroom I had but was finished before we even got to food.So we opened a Halcón Alturas, which is a Syrah that I really love but the heavy burger kind of killed it. Maybe ... Read More

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  • Over the years, multiple varieties have made the news for one reason or ... ... comes in after Viognier or Marsanne. Even Picpoul is easier to grow.” Marsanne tends to set a heavy crop leading Bewley to come back and thin. “We must go through the blocks and cut off 50% to 75% of the fruit to make great wines. The great thing is that these vari... Read More

    From the article Challenging Wine Personalities


  • As the former National Wine Director for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant ... ... ... Vermentino, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are all excellent bets. And, it’s worth going out of your way to find the hybrid Blanc du Bois, which is made in styles varying as widely as crisp and fresh to oxidative and orange to sweet or fortified. Try any of th... Read More

    From the article The Texas Wine Scene is Booming


  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... Next was a Roussane/Marsanne/Viognier blend.  Terre Rouge bills itself as "where the Rhone meets the Sierra foothills." Interrupting that theme was a sidetrip of an unexpected grape, Pinot Noir.  Not grown on their estate, closer to I-80 on the way to Tahoe (near another mining area),... Read More

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  • Dinner was a really interesting fish dish with an olive sauce.  I ... ... ... others, but this wine, a Marsanne/Roussane/Viognier blend, is really good.  I really like it with oysters, but it's what we had chilled and I have another bottle of the 2014 to drink with shellfish when I bother to get some shucked.&nbs Read More

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  • Domaine Christophe Pichon Saint-Joseph White 2007

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    A subtle, vaguely floral scent. On the palate, this wine leaps at you, strong, at the back of the tongue... before slowly drifting forwards. Like a child who bursts into a dinner party, desperately excited and screaming at the top of his lungs. Then realizes everyone's staring at him, all a little angry he's interrupting their party. The boy ... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • Halcon Prado Mendocino County 2013

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    Light nose--something of tropical fruitwith, maybe, with the slightest hint of pungency. On the tongue, tropical fruit is immediately apparentpineapple, banana. Then I get acidmore lemony than pineapple. The final flavor sensation is caramel. When I detect the caramel it also becomes apparent that this wine has a somewhat viscous mouth feel... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Uh, A1, how high in the air were you that you could see the ocean from Los ... 50/50 Rossanne/Marsanne blend from the Alder Springs vineyard.  In response to a posting a few pages back by vin0vin0 on an Alder Springs Syrah, I commented on how I have been seeking different wines sourced from this vineyard.  Well, obviously, this is another one.A... Read More

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  • One French varietal is working its way to the front of the pack after spending ... spending ... roussanne and marsanne are the three white Rhone varietals grown in Washington, radil noted.  He described marsanne as a “full-bodied white” which is “similar to roussanne, with the same…quality, a rich, oily texture and oftentimes a savory/spicy f... Read More

    From the article Rhone, Rhone, Rhone Your Boat: Washington Wineries Turning To French River Valley Grape


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