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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  • Northern Rhône

      The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. ...

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      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

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Rousanne on Snooth

  • 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


  • Tablas Creek White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2009

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    Fantastic Paso white Rhone blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc. Extremely well balanced with dried apricot, almond and ginger. Somewhat dry with nice acidity, subtle oak and a long silky finish. Very similar to the 2010 with the difference being that the '09 has a bit more citrus and lemon chiffon most likely due to have a bit ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Truchard Roussanne Carneros 2010

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • On Saturday morning, while I was having my coffee and bagel, it occurred to me ... ... Paso Robles (Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne, blend)2011 “Guido”, Paso Robles (Zinfandel, Petite Sirah blend)She encouraged us to walk around the grounds with our taste.  “I’ll find you when you are ready for your next taste.  It’s my job.”  We went outside an... Read More

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  • Here I am trying to think of my "Wine of The Year" as well as the runner ups.  I see a lot of forums do this, but it's usually a bunch of impossible to obtain bottles or vintage wines that cost too much for the average person to afford. I find these lists pretty useless, since the best use that anyone could get from a topic like this, is to find... Read More

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  • Tablas Creek White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2009

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    Very attractive golden yellow color. Spring blossome floral aromas. Quite dry and refrehng in the mouth. Some kind of fruit flavor--kiwi or pineapple. Nice acid tartness gives me the refreshing thing. Bit of bitterness in the back. Good, lingering finish. US$32.99 at Wine Club in Santa Ana. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Doyenne Roussanne 2010

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    Bouquet of citrus, orange blossom, minerals, white peach, honeysuckle and honeydew. Flavor profile follows with nice candy wax and honeyed fruit. Great acid and just slight sweetness. Very fresh and tasty!94 pts. 8/12/11 at Tasting Room Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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