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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  • Pontificis 2015

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    Normally I would not be attracted to this blend, but it was crisp and light to medium bodied. Floral and a good price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... ... White stand-outs include Roussanne, Vermentino, Viognier, and Blanc du Bois. Rosé is gaining ground, not only for the quality of production, but because of its versatile appeal in our warm climate. A few years ago, I attended the Wine bloggers Conference and... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California


  • OK, most of you know I love Tablas Creek wines and this wine just reinforces my ... ... de Beaucastel Blanc (60% roussanne, 35% grenache blanc, 5% picpoul blanc) is still awesome after our last bottle 4 yrs ago. Golden hued with a bit more of the richer profile with honeysuckle, ginger, ripe yellow pear, a touch of lemon on the back end, medium... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Domaine Lafage Centenaire 2015

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    This is a fat, juicy, creamy southern wine from Roussillon; with the scent of fresh pears and freshly fallen snow. On the palate, you get a panoply of sweet, spicy white fruit - like Bartlett pears and white pepper - with a touch of sweet cream. This rich vintage has produced a great wine with some aging potential (2-3 years) but no need to wai... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • A new label, not yet released but any day now, that I got a sneak preview of. ... heavy GSM, a Grenache and a Roussanne. This one is the Syrah heavy version. Paso Robles fruit in the Saxum mold just not as polished. There's probably as much alcohol in this bottle as there was in all three bottles from last night. Giving it air as the first whi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau des Hospitaliers Prestige Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by finney


  • Esteemed wine critics like Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni employ ... ... ... inspired wine with 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne, their 2014 Special Reserve White which is mainly a “masculine” white with a big, rich body that firmly shakes your hand and says “Hello!” yet it has beautiful peach fruit and floral aromas that give it a hint of f... Read More

    From the article Does your wine have a gender?


  • Had some friends over, here are the casualties.  Started with apps and opened the Roussanne followed by the Lafage rose. Dinner was slow cooked beef stew accompanied by the reds. Star of the night was the Anglim Cerise (thanks to NapaGirl for the rec many moons ago). Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Domaine Bernard Gripa Saint-Péray les Pins Saint-Péray 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Treana Blanc 2014

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    Soft talcum and powdered sugar aromas with baked apple and honey notes, ripe melon and a touch of cream. Fresh, light and delicate on the palate, with some oak, apple and melon notes, a bit of a floral character and a creamy oak spice and cinnamon apple finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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