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

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  • 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

    Owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson are proud to pres...

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  • Stolpman Roussanne Santa Ynez Valley l'Avion 2008

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    Wine review by tbclevey


  • I am open to suggestions that are relatively easy to procure, on the dryer side, and have some level of complexity- I tend not to like a one-dimensional, flat wine.  At my last tasting of Asian influenced foods, I paired a Trefethern Dry Reisling, along with 2 other whites.  People liked it ok, but thought a bit sweet tho.  The white rhone blend... Read More

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  • OK.. GDD, hope you are reading :-)Switched my hearty fall dinner party to an Asian-inspired one... due to 90+ degree weather, and ability to use the grill.Having: 1.  Asian ground chicken lettuce wraps- listing some ingredients:  (hoisen sauce, chili sauce, soy sauce, water chestnuts, mushrooms, chopped red pepper, ginger, garlic, chopped cashew... Read More

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  • It has been awhile for me tasting these.. I used to like these wines a lot (I ... (I ... mourvedre, viognier, rousanne, marsanne, cinsault, petite syrah, and syrah (kinda in that order Read More

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  • Lionheart Wines White Rhone Blend Russian River Valley Saralee's Vineyard 2007

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    Excellent California white rhone, made in a rhone style with a touch of ... ... ... abv. 66% marsanne, 33% rousanne, 1% viognier. Deliciou Read More

    Wine review by dynowine


  • Hi:I am predominantly a huge fan of Red wines, but am interested in exploring the world of  White wines.Looking for an enjoyable sipping wine for a lazy summer afternoon. Any suggestions from the Snooth community?Thanks! Read More

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  • a good friend who knows wine better than i ever will came over for a night.  he's in the wine business and has never let me down before.  now he has...what do i do?  he has been with this winery for a while now.  i never ask for a "hook-up" on his wine connections ever i just don't think i should for some reason or another.  he graciously brough... Read More

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  • D'Arenberg White Blend Mclaren Vale the Stump Jump 2011

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    Wine review by aorta


  • Harmony 2007

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    Wine review by plazawine


  • Decided to take a drive over to KL wines in Redwood City because they had 4 bottles of the Tablas Creek 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc (Paso Robles) I was looking for. While there, I picked up a few french wines based on the tasting notes/ and the type of varietals I like. Since I am just beginning to learn about French wines, thought someone... Read More

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