Rousanne

Name of varietal: Roussanne

Common synonyms: Bergeron (Savoie), Barbin, Courtoisie, Fromental, Remoulette, Greffon, Rebelot, Roussette, Rusan Belyi, Rusan Blan

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to the Rhone region of France

History of the grape: Roussanne likely gets its name from the light brown color of its skin (“roux” in French). Roussanne is used throughout the Rhone and Southern France primarily as a blending grape. It’s one of the only white varietals, along with its wondertwin grape Marsanne, that is allowed in white Cotes du Rhone besides Viognier. It is also one of the blending grapes of Chateauneuf -du-Pape. In Savoie, where it is called Bergeron, it has a rare starring role in the aromatic Chignin wines. Roussanne is one of the original Rhone varietals that was brought to Australia in the 1880s and is now popular with the Rhone Rangers movement in California. Though it is a notoriously pesky grape to grow, it is still prized for its unique aromatics and acidity Read more »

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  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2013

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    Again, with these white Rhone-style whites from British Columbia Canada, there is intriguing Camomile Tea and peach with hints of pear, kiwi and other soft fruit. Good viscosity (mouth feel) with peach and some almond-like bitterness on the finish. Lacking only a bit of purity. Excellent value. 89 points Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Vignobles Brunier Vieux Telegraphe Red Chateauneuf du Pape 2010

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    Nothing very special, but nothing too bad either, more like something to depend on from a wine list when nothing else seems appropriate for a specific experience...similar to the posted Wine Maker's notes: '...full-bodied; layered with blackberry, cherry, dried plums, and a hint of cocoa...' Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • D'Arenberg White Blend Mclaren Vale the Stump Jump 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • Jean-Luc Colombo la Redonne Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Pretty golden color. Faint and pleasant tropical fruit aromas. Quite light-bodied on the palatealmost watery. Not the fruit that the aromas forecasted. A bit of bitterness. As the wine warms up a bit, though, some more fruit flavor emergesapple as much as anything. Also, viscosity seems to change. An OK wine, but not a great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I think Pinot Gris/Grigio. T'Gallant from the Mornington Peninsula, ... ... whites, Yeringberg Marsanne/Rousanne. Complementing the umami whilst not overpowering subtle flavours or being overwhelmed by some robust flavours would be a fascinating trial and error experienc Read More

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  •   So here's the next challenge I'm throwing down to those who think they can match wine to anything. ;-)Less tropical than either the first challenge or the second one--match wines to this locale and cuisine ,,, First some scenery, both countryside and urban. Will show different seasons because time-of-year has a great effect on menus in this co... Read More

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  • Philippe Borlais Tete du Rhone Cotes du Rhone 2010

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    Very nice southern Rhone white blend of Rousanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier. Ripe peach, some floral notes, medium acidity and a decent finish make for a good mid-week break for the usual white wine suspects. This is not overly complex but nicely balanced and easy to enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Jean-Luc Colombo St. Peray la Belle de Mai 2012

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    Me and ma pal mark got pure bleezin 1 night! Ma palate was like a badgers arse the next mornin, next stop the buckfast! Read More

    Wine review by Grahamthewinoged


  • Vignobles Brunier Vieux Telegraphe Red Chateauneuf du Pape 2010

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    Needed to be decanted.. but opened up quickly. Very nice red blend. Read More

    Wine review by SolidGroovin


  • Vignobles Brunier Vieux Telegraphe Red Chateauneuf du Pape 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


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