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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  • It may strike people as odd that someone who studied in Bordeaux, produced wine ... edges.The Wines of L'AventureRousanne 2007 85% Roussanne, 15% Viognier - Wool, soil, vanilla, and peachy fruity aromas initially fill the glass. With some air the fruit takes on a greengage plum tone and toasty, caramelly accents. In the mouth this is pretty wel... Read More

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  • D'Arenberg Rousanne Money Spider 2007


    Crisp rich citrus fruit on the nose. Intense but fresh fruit in the mouth. Has a depth and complexity that could be mistaken for Rhone. Read More

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  • Preston Vineyards Madame Preston 2007


    We had this the other night at a restaurant. Usually it's a struggle to finish a bottle, just the wife and me, in one sitting. Not this time. We had to walk it off before we went home, but it was worth the extra hour of babysitting time. A little floral, a little creamy, a little minerality, a little peach, a little lemon, a little unctuous f... Read More

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  • I read this article a couple of days ago from the Wall Street Journal. I thought it was pretty interesting because fall for me has always meant a switch to red. Has anyone tried the Rhone Whites? I'm going to give this a go at the end of the week! Let me know if its really worth the wsj buzz.Check out the article here: Read More

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    a blend of 3 varietals originating from the Rhone in Southern France - Marsanne, Rousanne, and Viognior. I've never tasted such a blend coming from California and I was very impressed. It was a golden light yellow in color, citrus aromas followed by more complex tastes of the oak, a nuttiness, vanilla, and riper citrus fruits. Fairly full in ... Read More

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