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


    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

  • D'Arenberg the Noble Mud Pie Viognier-Pinot Gris-Marsanne White Blend Adelaide 2008


    Intensely sweet, but backed up with enough complexity and a certain amount of sharpness/acidity so that it does not all fall apart. Nose and taste both strongly dominated by candied apricots. Superb with roquefort cheese! Read More

    Wine review by penguinoid

  • D Arenberg Hermit Crab White 2006


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    Wine review by claverie

  • Old Bridge Cellars d'Arenberg Hermit Crabmars Vio05 White 2005


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    Wine review by claverie

  • Domaine Lafage Grenache Blanc Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes 2008


    It's not surprising that a collaboration between Jean-Marc Lafage and Eric ... ... Gris / 30% Chardonnay / 20% Marsanne, all from Roussillon in French Catalan, the '08 côté EST is crisp, juicy & minerally with abundant ripe peach, apricot & honey flavors. Vibrant, rich on the palate and highly aromatic with citrus and white flowers. Finishes c... Read More

    Wine review by corkrindchorus

  • Due Vigne Viognier Suisun Valley 2007


    Mineral, acidic and clean. This keeps the mouthfeel lighter. Medium fruit with a very mineral almost minty finish. A little sugar on the finish keeps the wine in balance, as the florals are not that vibrant. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Preston of Dry Creek Valley Red Blend Dry Creek Valley L. Preston L.P. Red 2006


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    Wine review by mfinn12

  • Viognier, with its enticing perfume, has found many admirers looking for a ... ... Viognier, 10% Roussanne, 3% Marsanne adds notes of almonds, honeycomb and orange peel to Viognier's classic aromas. Superb balance in the mouth, lovely mineral tones and great acidity gives this uncommon depth and complexity. I expect this to improve in the cell... Read More

    From the article A peek at domestic Viognier

  • Due Vigne Viognier Suisun Valley 2007


    87% Viognier, 10 Roussanne, 3% Marsanne and it shows from the first scents of orange peel on the nose which sees the typical Viognier exuberance tempered. Rather tight, earthy and almost rocky yet with subtle notes of honeycomb, preserved flowers and dried fruits. Not terribly big but quite mouthfilling and very well balanced with integrated ac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Hi Everybody, this is my first post on here so go easy on me. Great forum BTWI would like to know peoples reasons on why they dislike Australian wine. At present I can see a collective conscience gathering rapidly where it has almost become trendy to bash Australian wine with the most common cliche being that they are "Alcoholic Fruit Bombs".tha... Read More

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