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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  • California

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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...

  • Paso Robles

    Paso Robles (“Oak Pass”) is part of San Luis Obispo county in California’s Central Coast. The f...

  • USA

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  • Northern Rhône

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  • Mendocino County

      Mendocino County AVA is a large and climatically diverse region within the North Coast reg...

  • Châteauneuf-du-pape

    Chateauneuf du Pape Chateauneuf du Pape is the best-known appellation in the Southern Rhon...

  • Rhône

      Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regi...

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    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

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    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

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    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

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    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

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    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

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

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    Flinty nose with hints of petrol and crab apple. Oily texture and mouth coating. Golden apple flavors along with pear and floral notes. Nice. Tad of funk on the finish. Lingers nicely.90 pts.9/1/12 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Disapointed with my search results for Temecula. Most were from 2010...Anyway, we are going on a family vacation in the area and I need some assistance in choosing a few wineries to hit.  Most of my research so far has been the wineries' websites, which are obviously biased.  However, based on this I am thinking about Doffo, Wiens, and Wilson Cr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Temecula in July


  • Derby Wine Estates Fifteen10 White Derby Vineyard 2006

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    Pale yellow in color with aromas of sweet and citrus. Peach and orange zest on the tongue as well as a dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Clare Goggin Sivits


  • Derby Wine Estates Fifteen10 White Derby Vineyard 2006

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    pineapple, melon, some juicy apples with a bit of orange zest. not my fav though, seems to be high in alcohol and not very well balanced Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • D'Arenberg Rousanne Money Spider 2008

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    Woof! Green apple aromas blow through the nose and back palate...imbalanced and too much lemon drop here - not my forte. Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • Derby Wine Estates Fifteen10 White Derby Vineyard 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bsberlin22


  • D'Arenberg Rousanne Money Spider 2008

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    This is intense on the nose with notes of mango fruit, lanolin, flinty notes, white pepper and a bit of diesel, along with some very ripe/overripe apricot fruit. This is just as intense in the mouth and very ripe with mango and apricot fruit dripping all over the palate. This is a bit soft and certainly mouth-filling, but the flavors of overripe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Donelan White Rhone Blend Bennett Valley Venus 2009

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    Lovely and fragrant on the nose with smoky, almost flinty notes early on, joined by funky, sweet vegetal tones, some honeycomb, raw almonds and cider apple notes. Small on entry, this is pretty well focused with a tight core of honeyed, raw nut, cashew like flavors wrapped in a gauzy, soft lime cream. Not intense but very detailed on the palate.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • D'Arenberg Rousanne Money Spider 2008

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    Sweet with some apple. A little bland. Read More

    Wine review by kate statton


  • Donelan White Rhone Blend Bennett Valley Venus 2009

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    Buttery nose, toasty and smooth Read More

    Wine review by Sara Weinbrom


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