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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  • Hermitage Blanc Chante Alouette Chapoutier 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by peckiot

  • John Duval Plexus Blanc 2012


    A great balance of flavours including cherry and spice. A very nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by BradoP

  • Elyse White Rhone Blend California l'Ingénue Naggiar 2011


    Rich and well balanced Rhone blend. Apricot and fig with a touch of tartness, nice bit of glycerin on top of decent acidity and some interesting citrus on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Le Vieux Pin Ava 2011


    The Rhone-style white is mostly Viognier (78%) but does not especially show it ... it ... and the softness of Marsanne to coat the palate with herbal tea flavors. A nice, refreshing wine in the style we want to see more of. 88 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by minocencio

  • Moon Curser Afraid of the Dark 2012


    This wonderful white wine with the year-round Halloween motif for a label evokes the northern Rhone with a scent of pineapple, lychee, peach and tisane (herb tea). The entry is viscous, oily, slightly sweet with white pepper and herbal notes on the palate. Finishes quite long. A truly fine, well balanced Okanagan wine with a European touch. 8... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Lone Madrone Points West White 2008


    Very similar to the '09 with a rich flavor profile of ripened apricot and dark spice, slightly darker fruit, a little older but still drinking very well. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Louis Mousset Crozes-Hermitage 1986


    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from a wine merchant in Sussex who I think ... to 15% of the white grapes marsanne and roussanne may be added.Louis Mousset started his negociant business in 1936 but his descendants sold out to the UVCDR co-operative group [otherwise known as Cellier des Dauphins] in 1996.I started my bottle the other evenin... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Epoch Estate White 2011


    With a little age this wine has blossomed into a refreshingly vibrant and airy libation. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Zufrieden - interesting you single out the Hunter Valley for Marsanne. I know they do grow a bit there, but there are other regions within Australia which are better known for it. The Hunter Valley, whilst warm, tends to be quite humid. The best known is probably Tahbilk's, which is from Central Victoria. There are also good examples from South ... Read More

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