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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  • France

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

  • Australia

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

  • USA

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

  • California

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

  • Santa Barbara

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Badet Clement & Co

    A shared passion ... Since 1991, "Les Jamelles" has been produced by Catherine and Laurent Delau...

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Château Saint Christophe

    The Château Saint-Christophe is an independent family-owned vintner from the Bordeaux area in F...

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

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  • Perrin "La Vieille Ferme" 2009

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    Wine review by NoLaDan


  • Villa Tonino Rosé Blend 2008

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    http://www.spittoon.biz/on_french_wine_and_food.htmlThis Roussanne was superb; coupling a wonderful textural quality with a rich softness and long lasting finish. There has been a little oak aging I think with some lees stirring to add to the complexity Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2009

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    Rich color concentration - staining. Jammy blackberries & black cherries, tabacco, dark chocolate, subtle oak. Full bodied, med+ finish, well integrated tannins, med+ complexity. Delicious from the first pour to the last drop.Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Humboldt Goat Cheese or Toscano hard cheese with black pepper crust ... bring it! Read More

    Wine review by thewinegal


  • Atrea Roussanne the Choir Lakeview Vineyards United States California Mendocino County White 2010

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    Wine review by nonfamous


  • The Southern Rhône is dominated by appellations that use a blend of ... ... of ... and white wines from Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier. Sometimes exotic wines, but there's only one way to know: read the label and taste the wines Read More

    From the article How to Read a Wine Label - Southern Rhone


  • Clos Saint-Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vin Rouge Vin Tranquille France Rhône A.o.c. Franck et Olivier Mousset Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007

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    This is a ponderous, clumsy wine. Good depth of fruit, but a bit much on the leather, tar side of the flavour spectrum. Pricey for current enjoyment, and I see no improvement with time. Read More

    Wine review by Whinoceros


  • does anyone know of a reasonable spicey wine for autumn? I've heard Beringer makes a 'wirches brew' but can't find it anywhere....any one?   Read More

    Forum post in the topic spicey wines


  • Intelligent Design Cuvee Blanc 2009

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    It is very hard for me to find a white wine that I really enjoy. most are way over oaked or very acidic. Yet when I found this wine I felt like this wine was my long lost mate. The Cuvee Blanc is wonderfully balanced with just the right acid and fruit. Lemon and peaches make up the body. With refreshing minerals in the middle. Ending with apples... Read More

    Wine review by ndkahl


  • Intelligent Design Cuvee Blanc 2009

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    It's hard for me to find a white that I really enjoy. Most are way over oaked or have too much acidity. The first time I enjoyed this wine I felt like the wine and I were long lost mates. This wine has wonderful note of lemon and peach notes which give it great body. yet it also has nice mineral notes towards the middle of it. Then end with a ni... Read More

    Wine review by ndkahl


  • Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2006

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    What a great find! We found this for $19.99 downtown and purchased everything that was on the floor! This wine is just fantastic, floral and citrus fade into each other and the overwhelming mouthfeel and nose of butterscotch pudding is delicious! The only downside is some inconsistency from bottle to bottle, which may be due to the storage facil... Read More

    Wine review by KeLuke


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