Roussanne

Rousanne

Increasingly popular in the Central Coast of California for blending purposes and as a varietal, Roussanne is a trendy, white Rhône grape. In France it is often blended with Marsanne, and is cultivated in Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, as well as the Rhone. With inconsistent yields, poor resistance to winds, and its susceptibility to powdery mildew and rot, Roussanne had almost disappeared from the northern Rhône until superior clones were developed. Now, it is only one of two vine varieties permitted in the white versions of the northern Rhône’s red wine appellations. In the southern Rhône, it is only one of four grape varieties permitted in white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Roussanne’s main asset is its distinctive aroma, along with an acidity which helps it to age better than its partner Marsanne. Roussanne tends to ripen late and can benefit from oak ageing.

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  • I've been very pleased with just about everything I've had that ... ... blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, there's some nice acidity but also that kind of almond flavor going along with a bit of lemon pith and some kind of floral note as well. Gonna stock up on this on Read More

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  • La Vieille Ferme Luberon Blanc 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cave de Tain St. Péray 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [www.nicolas.co.uk ] for ... ... made from a blend of the roussanne and marsanne grapes.80% of production is sparkling but my bottle is a still wine and was made by the Cave de Tain co-operative.I started the bottle last night with my fish supper and I did enjoy it. There is some melon and pea... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Interesting Spanish white made from the Merseguera grape. Reminds me a bit of Roussanne with just a touch less of that almond flavor. There's some honeysuckle, apricot and a hint of ripe peach. The acidity is there but not overly so and the finish is of medium length. Read More

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  • Les 3 Lys Crozes-Hermitage 2013

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    I bought this bottle from a local supermarket where it was on special offer for ... white grapes marsanne and roussanne may be added to a blend. These grapes are also used for the white Crozes-Hermitage.My bottle was made by Cave de Tain, a massive co-operative that accounts for 50% of the total production of the appellation.[Much of the rest i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2011

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    Peach, melon, tangerine and honeysuckle dominate both the nose and palate. This is gripping and crisp with good minerality and acidity with a zippy after taste. Well done - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Vinum Cellars White Elephant 2013

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    Delicious vanilla cream pie notes of white peach, ripe red apple and hazelnut on the nose. In the mouth this is full and emollient, with toasty apple and pear fruit playing against peach and apricot, wrapped in a cream cheese envelope and finishing with a nutty memory. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Qupe Marsanne 2008

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    This is just an excellent bottle of Santa Ynez Marsanne/Roussanne from Qupe. The nose is very distinctive, floral and reminiscent of freshly peeled clementine. For an '08 white, this is still very much alive and vibrant. Layers of orange zest, orange marmalade, apricot, ripe peach and a touch of salinity mix with medium plus acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • DM, that Elpenor label actually reminded me more of a children's book we ... ... of Santa Ynez Marsanne/Roussanne from Qupe.  The nose is very distinctive, floral and reminiscent of freshly peeled clementine. For an '08 white, this is still very much alive and vibrant. Layers of orange zest, orange marmalade, apricot, ripe peach and a touch o... Read More

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  • Happy Easter, everyone.Today, I opened this:Firstly, bowing to Vin0Vin0 to give ... ... de Beaucastel estate. Roussanne provides the core richness, minerality, and flavors of honey and spice, while Grenache Blanc adds green apple and anise flavors, a lush mouthfeel and bright acids. Picpoul Blanc completes the blend, adding a saline minerality... Read More

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  • In Texas Benjamin Calais is king of roussanne!

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  • I noticed a couple of Texas roussannes in the list and wanted to add that if anyone knows about Texas roussanne it is Benjamin Calais at Calais Winery in Dallas. His current bottling is the 2010 La Cuvee Principale, a 100% Texas-grown roussanne. It sells out fast but production is growing and should be more available in the future.

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