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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  • Pz Svire Bogdanua 2010

    Snoothrank:

    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


  • Tradition tends to reign supreme in the French wine world (just witness the ... and Pinot Noir, as well as Roussanne, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, amongst others). We've pulled out five great wines to illustrate that when it comes to wine, variety really is the spice of life Read More

    From the article 5 Fabulous French Wines: Pays d'Oc IGP


  • Hi everyone, after another long bout of absence, back posting a couple of ... ... the distributor*TarraWarra Roussanne Marsanne Viognier 2013$30. I was not expecting this, a Rhone blend produced in the Yarra? The warm and dry conditions of the 2013 vintage probably aided the ripening of these varietals too. Each variety was grafted in 2006 to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic TarraWarra Estate, Yarra...


  • Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Offerus 2003

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot from the website ... white grapes marsanne and roussanne have been allowed in a blend] Saint-Joseph is not considered as prestigious as Hermitage or Cote-Rotie but does offer better value for money. The Chave family have been involved in wine making in the northern Rhone since 1481. Jean Louis Chave... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Crozes-Hermitage Jean Astier 1983

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... white grapes marsanne and roussanne may be added.Jean Astier is a negociant based in Chateauneuf-du-Pape who operates throughout the Rhone valley. I started my bottle last night with my supper of sausages and mash and I did enjoy it. The cork was very crumbly and broke up as I extracted ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • This is the last of a six pack I purchased from LastBottleWines. 43% Marsanne, 33% Roussanne and 24% Viognier. Starting off a bit too cold but the Viognier is pushing through aromatically. Will follow and report back. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Domaine Pierre Gonon Saint Joseph Blanc "Les Oliviers" 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Much more golden colored in the glass than I would have normally expected. Something of an apply nose with, maybe, a touch of yeast. Some of that apple flavor at the front of the tongue, but that diminishes. Some earthiness or mineral flavors seem to then emerge. Then some pleasant acid tartness. The wine seems to have an unusual mouth feel... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • You could always play it safe with the Roussanne. Supposed to be 100° tomorrow though. Crisper the better if you ask me. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine pairing recommendation


  • I am having some friends over for dinner.  I am making this dish that I ... I ... vouvray, viognier, roussanne, sauv blanc (sonoma and NZ), chard (SCM, SLH), and a  handful of CA rhone style white blends (MRV mostly).  For reds, I have lots of pinot of course, a few cabs, merlot, and a  few cab francs.  No syrah in house... I have a case of S... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine pairing recommendation


  • First off did I mention Mother Nature? She seems to have her ways of making my ... brought his 2012 Prado 50/50 Roussanne Marsanne from Alder Springs Vnyd. Lovely white flowers and creamy fruit deliver this wine impressively.He also brought his 2012 Esquisto Mourvedre. Lots of this left for revisits tonight!We had some other red starters as we... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


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