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 Jean Astier 1983

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Qupe Marsanne Santa Yenz Valley 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • We’re back with another cellar of the month. Perhaps unwittingly ... ... Syrah and Grenache for reds; Marsanne and Roussanne for whites. So in France, Chauteaneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas in southern Rhone are a couple of our favorites, along with the Barossa Valley in Australia and Franschoek in South Africa. 3. How has your collection evolved ov... Read More

    From the article A Cellar Grows in Brooklyn


  • Who needs CA? Just too hard to source over here, and waaaay too pricey. ... ... the nose with the weight of Marsanne on the palate with real structure. Unoaked, it gets all its considerable character from the lees - which is true of so many fine Languedoc reds, too. These wines have so much character, they don't necessarily benefit from luxuri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Bill, I love Marsanne.  I will have to look for the Chateau Tahbilk.... Read More

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  • Grange isn't an everyday wine, however, several of Penfold's lesser ... ... although Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne is similar in price and aging potential. With aging these latter 2 wines will become incredibly complex, with toasted, honeyed, bottle age characte Read More

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