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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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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


  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are ... ... Saint Peray may only grow Marsanne and Roussanne.Outside of Rhone, you have others. In Beaujolais for example, Gamay is the only red grape allowed in Morgon (And probably some other Beaujolais cru as well). Morgon is allowed to grow about 3 or 4 whites though (Chardonn... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover


  • Hi all,Just want to introduce myself. I have recently started taking an interest in wine and have come to the point where I want to start learning more about it. At this point I can identify which lines I like, and which I don’t, but I really hope to be able to take it a step further and understand what makes it so that I like certain wines and ... Read More

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  • Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • OK, Outthere is showing off, again.  The rest of us do not get a shot at ... be stocking up on the Prado Marsanne/Roussanne blend.  Mrs. EMark is all over that one.Completely drifting from the thread, it appears there is some sort of major crime incident in Diamond Bar.  A Sheriff's helicopter has been circling outside my window about a half-m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Deschants 2006

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... to 10% of the white grapes marsanne and rousanne have been allowed in a blend ].Saint-Joseph is not considered as prestigious as Hermitage or Cote-Rotie but usually offers better value for money.M.Chapoutier is a well known vineyard owner/negociant business based in the Rhone valley but ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2013

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    Again, with these white Rhone-style whites from British Columbia Canada, there is intriguing Camomile Tea and peach with hints of pear, kiwi and other soft fruit. Good viscosity (mouth feel) with peach and some almond-like bitterness on the finish. Lacking only a bit of purity. Excellent value. 89 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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