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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  • France

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  • California

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

  • Napa

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

  • 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

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

  • 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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  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Château Paul Mas

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  • Donelan White Rhone Blend Bennett Valley Venus 2009

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    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

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    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


  • Sadly I did Not. I had a busy weekend that involved wine, but sadly that was mostly inventorying, packing, and moving wine around the state of NY! Got about a dozen cases moved closer to home, so now I'm pretty well set for the next few months of drinking! Next bottle up looks like it might very well be 1987 Dunn Napa Valley. Funny how Dunn was ... Read More

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  • Marani Mtsvane Dry White 2009

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    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


  • 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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