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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  • 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?


  • Too many good wines and too little time? Let’s resolve to drink more ... ... reds. Suggestions: McPherson Roussanne Reserve, Pedernales Tempranillo Reserve Portugal, Vinho Verde: Vinho Verde comes in all sorts – from the non-vintage, non-aspirational to the mono-varietal, soul-soaring styles. Generally, it’s more for the summer months or oyste... Read More

    From the article New Year's Resolutions: Wines We Should All Be Sipping in 2015


  • Saint Peray Grain de Silex Guy Farge 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea ... this bottle consists of 90% roussanne and 10% marsanne.I started it last night with my supper of fish cakes and I enjoyed it although I thought it a little unusual.It is a dry wine and fairly acidic with plenty of a citrus style fruit but also notes of almonds with a floral kind o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The south of France may soon be home to the region's first Chinese-run ... ... ... Corbieres white (mainly Roussanne), vin de pays red, and vin de pays white. The winery underwent a renovation in 2002, bringing its barrel count up to 600. Ninety-six percent of the estate's production is exported to other countries, the site says. In an interv... Read More

    From the article A First: Chinese Company To Buy Languedoc Winery


  • Ogier Caves des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Acquiesce Winery makes some fantastic whites.  They are very focused on ... ... blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Viognier.   The beauty of this wine is that it is not a big fruity or tarty bomb.  This one needs some air.. about an hour open is best, and bring up to temp a bit if stored in a typical refrigerator.  Nose is soft poached pe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Pz Svire Bogdanua 2010

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    The Bogdanua grape is a white variety found only (as far as I understand) on ... rose elements - a bit like Roussanne, in fact. Good acidity and going strong at 4 years. Amazing value. 89 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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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