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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  • Abbotts & Delaunay Languedoc Reserve 2013


    This Languedoc white leans on the aromatic varietal Vermentino for backbone and ... tea flavours associated with Roussanne and Marsanne along with greater viscosity and mouth-feel than Vermentino alone can provide. Quite thirst-quenching and soft. Also good value. 86 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Church and State Wines Trebella 2014


    The 2014 vintage Trebella won triple platinum in its home land and justly so... ... oak overlay on well-ripened Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne with typical Tisane (Herb tea) floral notes on the nose in addition to cake spice. Entry is warm (14% alcohol) and peach-like with a zesty, spicy and medium finish. More dense and less thirst-quenchi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Caliza Sidekick Paso Robles 2013


    A fair bit of vanilla and hazelnuts on the nose with some honey and gooseberry. Smooth and full mouthfeel with a rich, nutty profile showing the clean fruit underneath and a touch of honey and butter. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • How many female winemakers and vineyard owners do you know? A few months ago, ... ... Viognier, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc) which come from the same plot, planted side by side in deep Villafranchien soil dotted with the large, rounded pebbles (galets roulés) so typical of this area. Made in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts... Read More

    From the article A Question of Women in Wine

  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual ... blend with Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier), with Dubliner Irish Cheddar Cheese and Violet Flower Jam.Frank Morgan, Drink What You LikeDifficult to pick just one white and one red wine of the week. However, if pressed, my favorite red: 2013 Stampede Vineyard Zinfa... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future

  • There's a new crop of wines popping up in the southern reaches of the ... ... chenin blanc, viognier, and roussanne from seven vineyards,” Wong wrote. “Restrained lime, citrus, floral, grapefruit, mineral. Medium body, complex, angular and elegant with a very long finish.”Wong' second wine was Kershaw Elgin's 2012 Syrah, which  was a “very ele... Read More

    From the article Something Old, Something New: South Africa Winemakers Fusing Two

  • As the former National Wine Director for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant ... ... ... Nacional, Vermentino, Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier are all excellent bets. And, it’s worth going out of your way to find the hybrid Blanc du Bois, which is made in styles varying as widely as crisp and fresh to oxidative and orange to sweet or fortified. Try... Read More

    From the article The Texas Wine Scene is Booming

  • Adelaida Version White Anna's Vineyard 2013


    Solid white blend from Adelaida. The Viognier comes through on the nose with ... aromatics. On the palate the Roussanne brings some butterscotch, while the Grenache Blanc brings along a creamy lemon note. Very nice acidity cleans things up along with a medium long finish. At 14.8% abv the alcohol is not shy but is well balanced with the flor... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes-du-Rhone "Saint Vincent" 2013


    In seeking out some good restaurant whites for the summer, I came across this ... reflects the inclusion of Roussanne in the blend - lending the nose a subtle white fruit scent of kiwi, gooseberry, fresh concrete and soft herbs. The entry is soft, with spring water cleanliness and pear-like flavours. For the price, you get gentle elegance an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Halcon Prado Mendocino County 2013


    Light nose--something of tropical fruitwith, maybe, with the slightest hint of pungency. On the tongue, tropical fruit is immediately apparentpineapple, banana. Then I get acidmore lemony than pineapple. The final flavor sensation is caramel. When I detect the caramel it also becomes apparent that this wine has a somewhat viscous mouth feel... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • 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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