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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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Switzerland

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  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Hermitage

      The Northern Rhone’s most important appellation, Hermitage is a south-facing slope overloo...

  • Crozes-hermitage

      Crozes-Hermitage is the Northern Rhone’s largest appellation, both in terms of acreage and...

  • St. Joseph

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    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • Bond

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  • Back at ya, Kim.Thank you for the excellent list.  The good news is that I ... ... Mourvedre, Roussanne and Marsanne.To the east of Napa and Sonoma is the Gold Country.  This is definitely a "warm climate" area.  Gold Country does not get a lot of attention, but I like it for wines made from Italian grape varities like Sangiovese and Barbera.  ... Read More

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  • Isenhower Cellars White Paintbrush 2011


    Very nice Roussanne/Marsanne blend from Yakima Valley. Not overly complex but a good diversion from the Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc standards. White stone fruits, not citrusy or minerally, nice body with a bit of weight in the mouth. Very enjoyable. Read More

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  • Chateau Virgile Costieres de Nimes Blanc 2010


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  • Liberty School Chardonnay 2011


    Rich, full and ripe. Shows all of the classic California chardonnay attributes ... ... of 5% Viognier and 5% Marsanne has given this wine an added complexity and lift that it lacked in previous vintages. Very cool!93pt Read More

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  • Carnivores and grillers, a few reasons to love Syrah: it’s a fantastic ... 3-4% Viognier and a little Marsanne and Roussanne to help set color. 94 points  3. Rusack Syrah Ballard CanyonRusack is owned by Geoff and Alison Rusack, who replanted their estate vineyard in Ballard Canyon in 2003. The winemaker is the talented Steven Gerbac, who was ... Read More

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  • Cave de Tain Marsanne 2011


    Nice, light marsanne, good for a summer deck mid-week sipper. Nothing over the top, slight touch of dried apricot, subtle butterscotch, light on the acidity and a short finish. Not much going on here but not unpleasant either. Read More

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  • Domaine Lafage Cote d'Est Blanc 2011


    Blend of Grenache blanc, Chardonnay, and Marianne offers citrusy notes of lime and grapefruit along with a fleshy fruitiness. Read More

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  • Hermitage M Sorrel 2006


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... to 15% of the white grapes marsanne and roussanne are allowed in a blend.Marc Sorrel [ ] is a family wine business going back to the 1920's that is renowned for being very traditional even to the extent of still using horses.I drank my bottle on Easter Sunday with a meal of bac... Read More

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  • An Australian client of mine, today, invited me to try the wines of VASSE FELIX, Margaret River, Western Australia.As I researched VASSE FELIX, the Winery, the Vineyards, I discovered that the first vines were planted at Vasse Felix, by a brave Cardiologist, in 1967, Dr. Tom Cullity.In 1987, VASSE FELIX was acquired by The Holmes a Court Family.... Read More

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