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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  • Donelan White Rhone Blend Bennett Valley Venus 2009


    Very toasty on the nose, ripe stone fruits, a bit buttery with a slight toasted marshmallow finish. Rich and viscous style, but it works. Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster

  • Donelan White Rhone Blend Bennett Valley Venus 2009


    Hints of plastic on the nose here, slightly band-aid like...on further sips, deep yellow peaches emerge and the finish is soft and smooth! Read More

    Wine review by KristinW

  • Marani Mtsvane Dry White 2009


    Another delightful expedition to the cradle of wine-making - the beautiful ... ... tea nose is reminiscent of Rousanne as is the effect on the palate which is most pleasing with a hint of vinous fruitiness. This is a very fine wine for the price and worth a try for you world travelers in wine. Seek it ou Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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


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    Wine review by gntop1

  • 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


    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


    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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  • Louis Bernard Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009


    With an inviting citrus, stone fruit (peach, principally) and chamomile tea nose this southern Rhone wine inveigles one to drink - especially on a hot summer day. More citrus with just a slight viognier-initiated bitterness on the finish, this clean refreshing wine is a steal for the price. Buy by the case and serve with pride as your white se... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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