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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      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

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  • Château Virgile White Rhone Blend Costières-de-Nîmes Blanc 2008


    A brown sugar/vanilla sugar nose with a very dry, floral palate. (had just a taste at a tasting) Read More

    Wine review by ONUMello

  • Château de Beaucastel White Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc 1998


    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


    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

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  • Domaine Jaume Cotes du Rhone les Collines Blanc 2008


    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

  • Orin Swift Prisoner Napa Valley W. S. Rare!!! 2005


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    Wine review by newyorkwineguy

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Borra White Blend Lodi Fusion 2007


    This white rhone has a very floral/pineapple nose... mostly viognier... but ... but blended with roussanne, marsanne.. I found it very floral and fruity on the nose, taste as well, but also having a deep balance... almost a mineral, anise finish.. reminds me of the finish of a russian river chard (though not chard- in any way). Pretty good ... Read More

    Wine review by napagirl68

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