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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  • 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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  • Treana Proprietary White United States California Central Coast Red 2007


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    Wine review by Dan S

  • I'm Chad Carns, author of The Gourmet Bachelor - Global Flavor, Local ... Rhone, FranceWhite: Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier7Hermitage Blanc, Bette & Scholl 2001Subtle bouquet, Red Pepper Flakes, long finish7Hermitage Blanc, Chapoutier, Cuvee de L'Oree" 19917Chateau Grillet, Neyret-Gachet 2001Exotic Fruit, White Cherry, Floral8Condrieu, Guigal, "... Read More

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  • There's no rhyme or reason to this great assortment of wine, though they are ... blend of Chardonnay (35%), Marsanne(3%) and Sauvignon Blanc(62%) that combines a rich, polished mouthfeel with perfumed, almost tropical fruit aromas and a brisk, complex finish with light mineral and anise notes. A perfect wine for summer sipping or Provencal sty... Read More

    From the article A wine for every taste and budget

  • Chave J L Hermitage Blanc 1997


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    Wine review by asebastiani

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