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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  • I killed off a Grenche Blanc/Marsanne from Random Wine Co while we munched on pita chips and mango salsa, then with our skirt steak tacos I popped a '16 Nouveau from Bedrock. The GB was very tasty with great florals and some tension on the palate. The nouveau was blah and plain. Cotton candy, sweet fruit, just kinda there in a semi-light carboni... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Esteemed wine critics like Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni employ ... with ... with 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne, their 2014 Special Reserve White which is mainly a “masculine” white with a big, rich body that firmly shakes your hand and says “Hello!” yet it has beautiful peach fruit and floral aromas that give it a hint of feminine charm.... Read More

    From the article Does your wine have a gender?


  • Domaine Bernard Gripa Saint-Péray les Pins Saint-Péray 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Lafage Cote d'Est 2015

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    This wine - apparently produced by a favourite Roussillon house of Parker - does make for a wonderful, affordable wine. It has a nose of those over-perfumed kind of flowers like Wisteria or Clematis - perhaps Honeysuckle - but this is inviting (even perfect) for diurnal drinking patterns. The Rousanne component (at least 30%) needs time, but t... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Treana Blanc 2014

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    Soft talcum and powdered sugar aromas with baked apple and honey notes, ripe melon and a touch of cream. Fresh, light and delicate on the palate, with some oak, apple and melon notes, a bit of a floral character and a creamy oak spice and cinnamon apple finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage Blanc 2015

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    Floral blossom, white peach and golden apple aromas with lemon shortbread and sun dried hay notes on the nose. Unctuous, creamy and full bodied with generous baked apple, persimmon and peach fruit, a vanilla cream center and a lemon drop candied note delicate on the edges. Finishes with excellent length and more creaminess. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We wine lovers think of winemakers like celebrities. Much like chefs, we want ... using Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc in various configurations. While New World regions put their own spin on Rhône-style blends, there’s nothing like the real thing. Real-deal white Rhône-style blends are available at incredible ... Read More

    From the article It's officially time for winter white wines.


  • 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


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