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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  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've ... of Marsanne, Viognier, and Roussanne. The addition of Trebbiano gives the wine a lilting acidity. The combination of grapes makes this wine versatile. With primary notes of pear and apricot, the wine moves into lemon zest, tea, and exotic spice, finishing with toasted m... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List


  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc "Saint-vincent" 2015

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    A great aperitif for winter or late fall parties (Thanksgiving comes immediately to mind) that is tasty, easy quaffing and good for the budget. That describes this Gabriel Meffre Cotes-du-Rhone Blanc to a tee...with an orange rind and tisane nose and a follow-up panoply of flavours that include ginger, peach, honey and herbal tea. Finish is on... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • The Ojai Vineyard Roussanne Bien Nacido Vineyard 2014

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    Clear, pale yellow in color. Lots of fruit and flower aromaspear, apple, geranium. On the tongue, the fruit is most apparentthe pear apple thing, but, also tropical fruit like kiwi. I guess it would not exactly be a news flash if I characterized it as light bodied. Very nice acid content makes for freshness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Saint Joseph Baligant Ogier 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Have a shipment (~2 cases) heading out of Paso on Monday, arriving here next ... ... some viognier, a bit of roussanne and marsanne and a few "others" Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Treana Blanc 2014

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    Tea leaf and mineral salinity on the nose with floral notes of white blossom and peach with a touch of soft cream. This is playful and robust in the mouth with full bodied texture and notes of peach, lemon, and creamy toast notes and hints of hazelnut and vanilla oak. The complexity and elegance makes this an excellent white Rhone style selection. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I recall Jaffurs Syrah being very drinkable on or near release.Based on my ... ... in with, say, Marsanne and Roussanne, she's usually OK with it.That being said, I wonder how Viognier would match with Asian cuisine?  To me Viognier has characteristics that are similar to Gewurztraminer--which is, often, a "go to" wine with Asian meal Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2015

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    A bit floral but light on the nose overall. Light pear and some pineapple on the palate with puckery acidity and a long slighlty bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Cotes du Rhone Villages Reserve Perrin Blanc 2015

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    Apples on the nose with fruit on entry with lots of acid and a slightly bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Parmelee-Hill Darcy 2014

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    Very floral nosehoneysuckle, orange blossompresumably, from the viognier. Stone fruit, green apple on the tongue. Somewhat viscous mouthfeel. Some vanilla and, now, some melon. Oak treatment? Thankfully, acid suppresses the fruitiness. Almost a refreshing wine. Just a tad too "rich." 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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