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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  • Anaba 'Coriol' White Sonoma Valley 2007


    Okay ... couldn't wait to let this age more. Floral aromas but some nice honey notes. Nice acid with grapefruit, lime and leche. Developing nicely. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn

  • I read this article a couple of days ago from the Wall Street Journal. I thought it was pretty interesting because fall for me has always meant a switch to red. Has anyone tried the Rhone Whites? I'm going to give this a go at the end of the week! Let me know if its really worth the wsj buzz.Check out the article here: Read More

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  • Marsanne 2009


    Pale yellow with essences of exotic mixed fruits small production very special and unusual wine.Absolutely delicious Read More

    Wine review by fiona1605

  • I've found myself recently heading for much more acidic reds -- mainly Italian. ... and southern French wines -- Marsanne/Roussane-based things -- but recently it's been much more Alsace-style (a lot of Pinot Blancs, preferably with a bit of age, and Gewurtzträminers) -- and good white Burgundies (Adelaide Hills chardonnays in a pinch).I'd be i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Changes in taste: what's...

  • Sadie Family Sequillo White 2007


    A magical blend of principally Chenin Blanc with Marsanne, Roussanne and a touch of Viognier. Creamy edged, full, textural, weighty reminiscent of a Pinot Gris but with more of a crisp finish. Very food friendly. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Blanc du Rhone 2007


    a blend of 3 varietals originating from the Rhone in Southern France - Marsanne, Rousanne, and Viognior. I've never tasted such a blend coming from California and I was very impressed. It was a golden light yellow in color, citrus aromas followed by more complex tastes of the oak, a nuttiness, vanilla, and riper citrus fruits. Fairly full in ... Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Marsanne/Viognier/Roussa Terre Rouge Enigma Sierra Foothills Vin Blanc Vin Tranquille Etats-Unis Californie Ne S'Applique Pas Domaine de la Terre Rouge 2007


    Light melon and vanilla aromas. Creamy and smooth with good ripe citrus flavors. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Blanc Cuvée de la Reine des Bois 2008


    This wine is a blend of Viognier, Roussane, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Bourboulenc and Clairette. Clear and light lemon colour. Young and intense on the nose, it is a complex mix of almond, caramelised sugar and there is a good presence of the alcohol. (14%) 25% of the wine is fermented in oak barrel, which gives a lively and complex pal... Read More

    Wine review by Quentin4

  • D'Arenberg Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne South Australia Screwcap 2007


    Really liked this one. Dry, medium bodied, green melon, hint of bananas, long finish Read More

    Wine review by JohnnyRocketts

  • Anaba 'Coriol' White Sonoma Valley 2007


    Really was looking forward to try this wine as it is a unique blend for Sonoma Valley. Floral and lemon peel aromas nicely balanced. Good acid, nice lemon flavors and long finish. Expect this to improve with age. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn

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