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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  • 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


    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

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  • Doyenne Roussanne 2010


    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

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  • Hello everyone,I am in the process of putting together a "Carte du Vin" and I have run into a problem populating the "Drinking Window" field in the database.  Basically, many of the wines that I own are "drink me now" wines; wines that fall into the 80% that are meant by the producer to be consumed right away instead of being cellared for aging.... Read More

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  • Qupé Roussanne Santa Maria Valley Hillside Estate Bien Nacido Vineyard 2009


    Spicy, zesty nose of herbs and flowers with light citrus. Like lemon meringue pie in a glass with hints of baking spice and herbs. Good mouthfeel and it lingers long. 93pts.9/2/12 at tasting room Read More

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


    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

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  • Les Collines du Bourdic Cuvée la Rabassière Viognier Grenache Rousanne


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  • 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

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  • Derby Wine Estates Fifteen10 White Derby Vineyard 2006


    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

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