Marsanne

 

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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  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone "Saint Vincent" 2014

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    The 2014 edition of "Saint Vincent" is delicious - much like the previous 2 editions - and affordable by almost everyone. The elegant, pear, tisane and gooseberry flavours are clean, pure and without edge - surprising at this price point. Though intended for immediate consumption, due to the Roussane component could last 2 more years in bottle... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Went to Murphys, CA today for lunch, and ended up with a few bottles of ... ... Calaveras Blanc  (42% Marsanne, 32% Viognier, 23% Roussanne, and 3% Grenache Blanc).  Thought of you, Vin0Vin0 when tasting this:-)But it's COLD here, and I need some red to warm the hands.  So I opened the 2014 Grenache.  There's something about the Grenache comin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Abbotts & Delaunay Languedoc Reserve 2013

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    This Languedoc white leans on the aromatic varietal Vermentino for backbone and ... and ... with Roussanne and Marsanne along with greater viscosity and mouth-feel than Vermentino alone can provide. Quite thirst-quenching and soft. Also good value. 86 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Saint Roch Vieilles Vignes 2013

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    Really nice Cotes Du Roussillon blend of grenache blanc and marsanne. The nose has ripe apricot, a bit of flint and some yeast. On the tongue is fig, golden delicious apple, a touch of salinity, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2014

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    The 2014 vintage Trebella won triple platinum in its home land and justly so... ... ... Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne with typical Tisane (Herb tea) floral notes on the nose in addition to cake spice. Entry is warm (14% alcohol) and peach-like with a zesty, spicy and medium finish. More dense and less thirst-quenching than 2013, but excel... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Hand of God Fingerprint Series White Blend 2012

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    Wine review by Red hot Dog


  • The Stump Jump Riesling-Sauvignon Blanc-Marsanne 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, ... complex blend of six grapes (Marsanne, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc) which come from the same plot, planted side by side in deep Villafranchien soil dotted with the large, rounded pebbles (galets roulés) so typical of this area. ... Read More

    From the article A Question of Women in Wine


  • There were three of us, or actually 2 1/2 since my wife didn't drink much ... ... Prado to start, a 50.50 Marsanne/Rousanne blend that would have gone really well with the mushroom I had but was finished before we even got to food. So we opened a Halcón Alturas, which is a Syrah that I really love but the heavy burger kind of k... Read More

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  • Over the years, multiple varieties have made the news for one reason or ... ... comes in after Viognier or Marsanne. Even Picpoul is easier to grow.” Marsanne tends to set a heavy crop leading Bewley to come back and thin. “We must go through the blocks and cut off 50% to 75% of the fruit to make great wines. The great thing is that these vari... Read More

    From the article Challenging Wine Personalities


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