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 think Pinot Gris/Grigio. T'Gallant from the Mornington Peninsula, ... ... ... Rhone whites, Yeringberg Marsanne/Rousanne. Complementing the umami whilst not overpowering subtle flavours or being overwhelmed by some robust flavours would be a fascinating trial and error experienc Read More

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  • Traditionally Sake or Beer, however I even wonder about Blanc de Blanc ... ... ... blends, Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne, NZ Gewurztraminer, Riesling or Pinot Gris/Grigio, Mornington Peninsula Pinot Grigio, Granite Belt Verdelho, and the rarest of the lot "1893" from the now defunct Rimfire vineyard at Maclaga Read More

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  •   So here's the next challenge I'm throwing down to those who think they can match wine to anything. ;-)Less tropical than either the first challenge or the second one--match wines to this locale and cuisine ,,, First some scenery, both countryside and urban. Will show different seasons because time-of-year has a great effect on menus in this co... Read More

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  • Cline Cellars White Rhone Blend Carneros Marsanne Roussanne 2011

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  • Philippe Borlais Tete du Rhone Cotes du Rhone 2010

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    Very nice southern Rhone white blend of Rousanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier. Ripe peach, some floral notes, medium acidity and a decent finish make for a good mid-week break for the usual white wine suspects. This is not overly complex but nicely balanced and easy to enjoy. Read More

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  • Domaine Lafage Cote d'Est Blanc 2011

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  • Ed/Dave, the Syrahs that Foxall mentioned are, pretty much, hit or miss on ... ... ... "Prado" 50/50 Marsanne/Roussanne blend and their Viognier.  I anticipate that their next "Alturas" Syrah release will be in the fall.Ed, I had a bottle of that Turley/Hayne PS in my hands at a store a couple months ago, and I really wanted to buy it.  Howev... Read More

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  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, I've been seriously enjoying and exploring wine for just over 20 years. On the red side, right now I'm partial to wines from Spain and the Rhone valley, but other loves are Oregon pinots, really good Italian wines (yes, it's endless, but that's the fun), and wanting to try mu... Read More

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  • JenniferT-Forgot to mention... you said Marsanne... cork taint is somewhat less obvious in white wines, IMO.  I have tasted only 2 so far.  The olfactory note was less than noticed in reds, but the off-taste was the first clue.  Then, upon sniffing to investigate, the faint odor of TCA was there. Interesting....  I'm sure there is some chemistry... Read More

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  • Somehow I already knew about Mike+Randy Dunn....I hope the Rhys experience ... ... ... Saint - Peray 2011. 100% Marsanne. Saint-Peray is an AOC in N. Rhone.At least it's a learning experience. But I'm disappointed.&nbs Read More

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