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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  • I am just starting to explore French reds.The few Cotes du Rhones that I have tried all seem to be more appealing the second day after having been opened. Maybe I need to try some older vintages that have had a chance to age? So far, most of these examples have been from 2007 and they seem to be overly tart (tannic?).I just tried a Bordeaux fo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bordeaux v. Cotes du Rhone


  • Domaine Berrien Cellars Marsanne 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by brklbyrk


  • Kitchak 'Vivace' Ermitage Blanc 2005

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    This is an excellent and unique white wine. Perfect conversation piece at a party. Read More

    Wine review by ashbash


  • Kitchak 'Vivace' Ermitage Blanc 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Last Call


  • Kitchak 'Vivace' Ermitage Blanc 2005

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    Atypical Napa white wine, nice round, balanced flavors without too much oak. Love it! Read More

    Wine review by reelmom


  • Kitchak 'Vivace' Ermitage Blanc 2005

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    Outstanding and truly unique white wine. Not like any other white I have tasted. Great depth and complexity. Read More

    Wine review by raceengnr


  • Deusyls de la Pèira Terrasses du Larzac 2006

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    Received this as gift and it is top notch 5 glass. Where can I get more? Read More

    Wine review by jamiegrif


  • It may strike people as odd that someone who studied in Bordeaux, produced wine ... L'AventureRousanne 2007 85% Roussanne, 15% Viognier - Wool, soil, vanilla, and peachy fruity aromas initially fill the glass. With some air the fruit takes on a greengage plum tone and toasty, caramelly accents. In the mouth this is pretty well balanced with sup... Read More

    From the article L'Aventure


  • L'Aventure Roussanne 2007

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    Wool, soil, vanilla, and peachy fruity aromas initially fill the glass. With some air the fruit takes on a greengage plum tone and toasty, caramelly accents. In the mouth this is pretty well balanced with super acids keeping the richness in check. Still very young, this has a nice mineral driven grab on the mid-palate before relaxing into a honi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • My New Year's Wine Resolution is to qualify for the Wine Century Club--I am 40 or so varietals into it so the question is can I do it? Its going to be a big challenge because I've already done all of the easy ones also I have to find and average of more than one new wine a week to try. Does anyone have any suggestions for "must try" wines or any... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Year's (Wine) Resolution


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