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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  • Saint Peray Grain de Silex Guy Farge 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea ... this bottle consists of 90% roussanne and 10% marsanne.I started it last night with my supper of fish cakes and I enjoyed it although I thought it a little unusual.It is a dry wine and fairly acidic with plenty of a citrus style fruit but also notes of almonds with a floral kind o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The south of France may soon be home to the region's first Chinese-run ... ... ... Corbieres white (mainly Roussanne), vin de pays red, and vin de pays white. The winery underwent a renovation in 2002, bringing its barrel count up to 600. Ninety-six percent of the estate's production is exported to other countries, the site says. In an interv... Read More

    From the article A First: Chinese Company To Buy Languedoc Winery


  • Ogier Caves des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Acquiesce Winery makes some fantastic whites.  They are very focused on ... ... blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier.   The beauty of this wine is that it is not a big fruity or tarty bomb.  This one needs some air.. about an hour open is best, and bring up to temp a bit if stored in a typical refrigerator.  Nose is soft poached pe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Pz Svire Bogdanua 2010

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    The Bogdanua grape is a white variety found only (as far as I understand) on ... rose elements - a bit like Roussanne, in fact. Good acidity and going strong at 4 years. Amazing value. 89 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tradition tends to reign supreme in the French wine world (just witness the ... and Pinot Noir, as well as Roussanne, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, amongst others). We've pulled out five great wines to illustrate that when it comes to wine, variety really is the spice of life Read More

    From the article 5 Fabulous French Wines: Pays d'Oc IGP


  • Hi everyone, after another long bout of absence, back posting a couple of ... ... the distributor*TarraWarra Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2013$30. I was not expecting this, a Rhone blend produced in the Yarra? The warm and dry conditions of the 2013 vintage probably aided the ripening of these varietals too. Each variety was grafted in 2006 to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic TarraWarra Estate, Yarra...


  • Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Offerus 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot from the website ... white grapes marsanne and roussanne have been allowed in a blend] Saint-Joseph is not considered as prestigious as Hermitage or Cote-Rotie but does offer better value for money. The Chave family have been involved in wine making in the northern Rhone since 1481. Jean Louis Chave... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Crozes-Hermitage Jean Astier 1983

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... white grapes marsanne and roussanne may be added.Jean Astier is a negociant based in Chateauneuf-du-Pape who operates throughout the Rhone valley. I started my bottle last night with my supper of sausages and mash and I did enjoy it. The cork was very crumbly and broke up as I extracted ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • This is the last of a six pack I purchased from LastBottleWines. 43% Marsanne, 33% Roussanne and 24% Viognier. Starting off a bit too cold but the Viognier is pushing through aromatically. Will follow and report back. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • In Texas Benjamin Calais is king of roussanne!

    Comment by 535087Francotimeo 535087 Francotimeo


  • 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.

    Comment by 535087Francotimeo 535087 Francotimeo


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