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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  • Corbières Blanc Château Ollieux Romanis 2007

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    spritz like, some mineral and floral notes on the nose. citrus palate filled with grapefruit pithe, lemon, green apples and towards the end some white pepper, a little zest but finishes quickly Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Jade Mountain White Blend Blend 2008

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    I tried this on a whim off the wine list at Soba, a trendy pan-asian restaurant ... a white blend of chardonnay, marsanne, pinot gris, malvasia, sauv blanc and viognier grapes. Because it was served extremely chilled, I couldn't smell much in the bouquet and couldn't taste much beyond the grape-y sweetness (very much like white grape juice coc... Read More

    Wine review by icecreamsocialist


  • D'Arenberg White Blend Mclaren Vale the Stump Jump 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by aorta


  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 1998

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    Amazing nose initially with the promise of much more to come. Rich, leathery and earthy. However, its not one to open and leave for a few hours as it drops off quickly.Lovely, but pop the cork and go or it. Read More

    Wine review by HGD


  • C.M.S. White By Hedges Columbia Valley 2006

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    A nice crisp blended white. Enjoyable to sip on its own and worked very well ... 33% chardonnay and the rest marsanne. Check it ou Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Founded only in 1994, Torbreck has quickly emerged as one of Australia’s ... ... for the white varietals Marsanne, Roussane, and Viognier. Shiraz was, of course, also included in the new plantings.  It is here, adjacent to these vines that David planted, that the brand new Torbreck Winery has been built. Open for just 2 years, this new facili... Read More

    From the article Torbreck Wines


  • Domaine Jaume Cotes du Rhone les Collines Blanc 2008

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    Really unbelievable value from the southern Rhone, with ripe quince fruit, bitter honey and concentrated spice. Even better with pork tenderloin and gremolata. Would have looked for a case if I thought about it a second longer. Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • I had an incredible meal of a red curried braised lamb shank with Brussels sprouts and root vegetables recently. I've been searching for the perfect red to pair with something like that. The meal had the salt and heat you'd expect in Thai cooking, but the heft and umami calling out for a nice red. Any thoughts? Read More

    Forum post in the topic What red to pair with Thai...


  • Decided to take a drive over to KL wines in Redwood City because they had 4 ... Crozes-Hermitage Blanc (80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne)2005 Clos Kalinda St-Emilion Grand Cru2007 Domaine le Couroulu Vacqueyras (Rhone blend of 60% grenache, 30% syrah, and 10% Mourvedre)Was my first visit to KL (have ordered online). Very nice shop and huge inventor Read More

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  • I know we talked about this back in December, but couldn't find the thread to bring it back, so I'm starting over....What's the group concensus as to where we are in the economic cycle for wine bargains? When we discussed it before, the overall feeling was that we were seeing unprecedented discounting and the deals likely wouldn't get much bett... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bargains-Where are we in the...


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