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


    Looking for a 2009 vintage preview (which Parker rates 93-98 depending on South to North orientation), I picked up this usually highly reliable, inexpensive Louis Bernard. Very little of the usual licorice, smoke or anise; rather more like fresh sweet plum - but muted. Slightly tannic with more plum on the palate. Not very showy but well bal... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Donelan White Rhone Blend Bennett Valley Venus 2009


    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


    Amazing. Taste like Belgian Gueuze lambic beer. Read More

    Wine review by trudypanda

  • Bois Menestrel Vacqueyras 2006


    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


    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

  • 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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  • Jean-Luc Colombo St. Peray la Belle de Mai 2012


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    Wine review by cvisona

  • 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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