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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  • Adelaida Version White Anna's Vineyard 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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


  • NG, saw your post from the other day and had to dig this one out of the wine ... wine ... but mine was 70% roussanne, 25% grenache blanc and 5% picpoul blanc. Totally deliciou Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • This was fantastic! As was getting it from a wine shop at half retail. ... ... Blanc, 25% Viognier, and 17% Roussanne&nbs Read More

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  • Sanguis Out of Line 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by tkl1728


  • One French varietal is working its way to the front of the pack after spending ... article said. Viognier, roussanne and marsanne are the three white Rhone varietals grown in Washington, radil noted.  He described marsanne as a “full-bodied white” which is “similar to roussanne, with the same…quality, a rich, oily texture and oftentimes a savo... Read More

    From the article Rhone, Rhone, Rhone Your Boat: Washington Wineries Turning To French River Valley Grape


  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are ... ... may only grow Marsanne and Roussanne.Outside of Rhone, you have others. In Beaujolais for example, Gamay is the only red grape allowed in Morgon (And probably some other Beaujolais cru as well). Morgon is allowed to grow about 3 or 4 whites though (Chardonnay, Aligote ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aspiring wine lover


  • Hi all,Just want to introduce myself. I have recently started taking an interest in wine and have come to the point where I want to start learning more about it. At this point I can identify which lines I like, and which I don’t, but I really hope to be able to take it a step further and understand what makes it so that I like certain wines and ... Read More

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  • OK, Outthere is showing off, again.  The rest of us do not get a shot at ... ... up on the Prado Marsanne/Roussanne blend.  Mrs. EMark is all over that one.Completely drifting from the thread, it appears there is some sort of major crime incident in Diamond Bar.  A Sheriff's helicopter has been circling outside my window about a half-mile to t... 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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