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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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Paso Robles

    Paso Robles (“Oak Pass”) is part of San Luis Obispo county in California’s Central Coast. The f...

  • Châteauneuf-du-pape

    Chateauneuf du Pape Chateauneuf du Pape is the best-known appellation in the Southern Rhon...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Santa Barbara

    The Santa Barbara County AVA lies within the Central Coast territory of California. Like much o...

  • Rhône

      Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regi...

  • Santa Ynez Valley

    The Santa Ynez Valley AVA is a large subregion of Santa Barbara County within California’s Cent...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

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  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Matchbook

    Our Vision. "Produce wines we love to drink at prices we don't mind paying

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery

      Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, ...

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  • Michel Gassier Costières-de-Nîmes Buti Nages 2012

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    Nice quality mid-week quaff from the southern Rhone. Nice stone fruits, ripe pear and melon with medium acidity and short to medium finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone "Saint-Vincent" 2012

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    This "entry level" white Cotes-du-Rhone from a well-known Gigondas producer ... nose and tisane-like notes (Roussanne) on the palate along with sweet pear. There is a youthful stem acerbity, but some cellaring may offset this feature of the wine. Very impressive for the price! 88 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare Rose 2013

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    Pink color with orange hue with promising grapefruit, strawberry, and a hint of ... ... 23.5% mourvèdre, 10% roussanne, 2.5% carignane, 2% grenache blanc, 7% cinsaut. 13% alcohol. A perennial favorite Ros Read More

    Wine review by MartinDRedmond


  • Had some folks over last night to do a preview of our upcoming June trip to ... We then enjoyed a touch of roussanne with a spinach, bacon and avocado salad.  Dinner was a big hearty beef bourguignon that went very well with the GSM's followed by baked pears that were splashed with cognac and stuffed with marscarpone and crushed amaretto cooki... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Tablas Creek Cotes de Tablas Blanc 2012

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    Love this Paso Rhone blend. Great balance, some interesting fruit layers and nice acidity. On the palate there's lemon cream pie, honeysuckle and hints of fig. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Lovin that Roussanne blend vinO.Tonight we had the kids over to comtinue my Brithedy Week and I cowboyed some skirt steaks right on the lump charcoal for some fajitas. We started off with a Holdredge Schioppettino that was righteous! Don't mind the dirty fingernails, I was working in the yard all day. When that was empty we popped an old stand-b... Read More

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  • Just got my spring shipment from Tablas and of course had to throw in a couple ... ... is a fantastic blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul Blanc.  Mouth watering acidity from the blancs with the nice rich texture that the roussanne add Read More

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  • Ed/Dave, the Syrahs that Foxall mentioned are, pretty much, hit or miss on ... 50/50 Marsanne/Roussanne blend and their Viognier.  I anticipate that their next "Alturas" Syrah release will be in the fall.Ed, I had a bottle of that Turley/Hayne PS in my hands at a store a couple months ago, and I really wanted to buy it.  However, when I conside... Read More

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  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, I've been seriously enjoying and exploring wine for just over 20 years. On the red side, right now I'm partial to wines from Spain and the Rhone valley, but other loves are Oregon pinots, really good Italian wines (yes, it's endless, but that's the fun), and wanting to try mu... Read More

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  • After a brief introduction to the the state of Washington this past Monday I ... $23 95% Viognier; 5% RoussanneThe classic nose is filled with lots of candied citrus, white flowers, honeycomb, and a hint of vanilla. Solid acids support nice fruit, fresh on the palate which is rich with quince fruit and a lovely hint of polleny polyphenolic bit... Read More

    From the article What's Hot in WA?


  • 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.

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