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 am hoping someone with some pairing knowledge can help me. for Valentines day, I am making a nice, intimate dinner... I have pairings for the appetizer and dessert... but I am looking for a main dish pairing..I am basically making a bone-in pork chop, which I dredge in semolina flour (vs regular, cause I like the slight crust) and totally dr... Read More

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  • Barrel 27 High On the Hog White 2008


    Nice crisp, dry yet fruity blend of lychee, apricot and pineapple with honeysuckle. Very nice refreshing blend and it feels good on the palate.- Tasted at Marché Bacchus 2/6/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • I am just starting to explore French reds.The few Cotes du Rhones that I have tried all seem to be more appealing the second day after having been opened. Maybe I need to try some older vintages that have had a chance to age? So far, most of these examples have been from 2007 and they seem to be overly tart (tannic?).I just tried a Bordeaux fo... Read More

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  • Domaine Berrien Cellars Marsanne 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by brklbyrk

  • Kitchak Cellars Vivace' Ermitage Blanc 2007


    Beautiful full bodied white. Well balanced fruit and oak. Still available I think. Read More

    Wine review by nipntuck

  • Kitchak 'Vivace' Ermitage Blanc 2005


    This is an excellent and unique white wine. Perfect conversation piece at a party. Read More

    Wine review by ashbash

  • Kitchak 'Vivace' Ermitage Blanc 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Last Call

  • Kitchak 'Vivace' Ermitage Blanc 2005


    Atypical Napa white wine, nice round, balanced flavors without too much oak. Love it! Read More

    Wine review by reelmom

  • Kitchak 'Vivace' Ermitage Blanc 2005


    Outstanding and truly unique white wine. Not like any other white I have tasted. Great depth and complexity. Read More

    Wine review by raceengnr

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


    This wine has a great briney flavor that I dare to call 'terroir' Almost like taking sand and seawater with a bit of apricot and putting it in your mouth. Very drinkable, great with seabass and mussels. Do not serve refrigerated, or the viognier aromas and tastes will be dulled. Read More

    Wine review by tacordier

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