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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  • Halcon Roussanne Yorkville Highlands 2018

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    A very crisp wine. Lemon pith that I quickly detect tells you that there is acidic crispness. I also am getting a tropical flavor--kiwi. Some stoniness. Very pleasant herbal aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Epoch Estate Wines White 2018

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    47% Grenache Blanc, 42% Viognier, 11% Roussanne -- Beautiful, straw color in the glass. Viognier is immediately recognizable on the nose--honeysuckle, apricot. Again, Viognier fruitiness is apparent on the tongue--peach, table grapes, and the almost-gewurztraminer spiciness. However, this wine is loaded with acid--from the other grapes, I wou... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Hmmm.  Dead in the water again.  Well, there are those people who ... ... as is common).  Roussanne and Viognier in the mi Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Vignobles Jerome Quiot Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Lieu-Dit les Combes d'Arnevel 2015

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    Considerable lime, white table grape and gooseberry on the nose with a slight golden hue in the glass. Entry is smooth and balanced - with acidic gooseberry elements, citrus (lime) and quince (or perhaps apple-pear). This is fine white wine with elegance - one you could drink all afternoon on the patio for a great price. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I'm digging this thread out of the pile since I had an opportunity last ... ... Blanc, their Coco Blanc (Roussanne, Marsanne, Muscat) and their Syrah.Side note - I was the only one in the tasting room at Occasio so I got to talk quite a bit with the person doing the pouring. Come to find out, he's moving to NC in May to be nearer his children,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Any advice for wineries in...


  • At their best, the whites are ethereal... if made from those god-like fruits known as Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier (with a little Grenache Blanc thrown in for approachable, flowery juvenilia).  Read More

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  • It is a good go-to. The CdR is unique though, and while there are copies all ... too. I guessed it blind as Roussanne/Marsanne and that's what it was but a good iteration of it. Dirt cheap and really nice was Cave les Couteaux du Rhone VV - I think it's a co-op but it was a classic CdR with that earthy and fruity mix and it was dirt cheap. Ano... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • Yes, even the mass-produced CdR is usally very quaffable - although it all ... ... varieties in the mix such as Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier.  These grapes are far superior to the rather flaccid Grenache Blanc or Bourboulenc one gets from warmer vineyards - especially if the grapes are harvested too late to preserve the citrus flavours and... Read More

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  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • Loma Negra Gran Reserva Roussanne-Marsanne 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • 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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