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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  • Napa

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

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • 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...

  • Mendocino County

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

  • Northern Rhône

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

  • 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...

  • USA

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  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

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

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • Jessup Cellars

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  • Château d'Aqueria Lirac Blanc 2009

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    Powdered sugar and chalky on the nose with cherries and raspberries. Light dry red fruit palate, some cinnamon sugar spice but not a huge amount of complexity. Nice. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Paso Robles Trip Notes: West of PasoThis was a trip my wife and I had planned ... Booker White, $50.00 - (75% Rousanne, 25% Viognier)This was one of the standouts of the trip, right out of the gate. This wine is very soft and also un-filtered, with an off-dry, or is it off-sweet palate? Not sure, it’s right in a sort of sweet spot, featuring f... Read More

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  • Moon Curser Afraid of the Dark 2010

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    Moon Curser Vineyards is the current incarnation of Twisted Tree Vineyards but ... but ... Blanc - though more Rousanne and less Viognier might be a gentle suggestion. This direction is the right direction. Recommended - if you are so fortunate as to find it in your local Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Truchard Roussanne Carneros 2010

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    This is an awesome white wine that has a deep rich flavor. With a light nose and tropical fruit flavor. You can really taste the oak. This 2009 is aging very well and I recommend it highly. Serve as an apertif or with your favorite meal. Read More

    Wine review by efmunford


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  • Donelan White Rhone Blend Bennett Valley Venus 2009

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    Sweet and creamy without the oak or vanilla. It's actually amazing how much this captures the actual essence of Cali Chardonnay without having the two main traits. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • A Donkey and Goat Coupe d'Or El Dorado 2009

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    Amazing. Taste like Belgian Gueuze lambic beer. Read More

    Wine review by trudypanda


  • Bois Menestrel Vacqueyras 2006

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    First of all, do not confuse the 'menestrel' with the word 'menestral'. And ... And ... Note the use of Rousanne and Viognier, which could technically be in the same percentages as something from the Northern Rhone, Hermitage and Cote Rotie included. Rouge: Min. 90% combined Grenache (min. 50%), Syrah and Mourvèdre (min. 20% combined Syra... Read More

    Wine review by magoski


  • Domaine des Cretes Marsanne Rousanne Vin de Pays d'Oc 2009

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    a full, rounded little number. A richness initially with citrus/lemon flavours, tempered by a nice slew of acidity and a herb-dominated finish. A little barrel-fermentation adds an interesting complexity. Not the most complex or textural wine but an absolute blast with a roast chicken Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


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