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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  • Mas des Bressades Vin de Pays du Gard Roussanne Viognier 2008


    Straw gold, scant aromas of white stone fruit and vanilla, flavors of melon rind, apple,citrus and white nectarine with sweet woods, modest acid, leading to a moderately long finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • Anglim Roussanne Paso Robles 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by napagirl68

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Aoc Blanc Domaine Vieux Télégraphe Clairette Roussanne Bar Boulenc Grenache Blanc 2007


    Had at Vieux Telegraphe tasting by Daniel Brunier. Wish I had taken more notes, but I did write "good finish." Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Aoc Blanc Domaine Vieux Télégraphe Clairette Roussanne Bar Boulenc Grenache Blanc 2007


    Tested on a well-aired bottle, about 70 deg F. Alluring nose of spice, dark fruit, floral, and earth, in excellent balance and expression. Lively acid on the attack, dark fruit (plums or prunes?, blackberry, other) somewhat in the background with meaty and spicy notes. Finishes of same elements with extra wood. Dryish. Body medium, acid med... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Hello All!I'm putting a menu together for a wine pairing and wonder if anyone can recommend a white in the $25 range that pairs well with mushrooms stuffed with foie gras, they will be served alongside a carmelized onion bread pudding, so I guess I need a pretty significant white to stand up to that.  I would even consider a red if there is a be... Read More

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  • Hey all. I'm a wine reviewer, and I just launched an article on some pretty great Rhone blends from Calcareous Vineyards, out of Paso Robles. Plus, I'm going to be attending a Rhone Rangers tasting in a couple of days, so I've got the region on my mind. What are some of your favorite Rhone grapes, regions (New or Old World), and producers? This ... Read More

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  • Sanford Flor de Campo 2007


    This magnificent white is a Rhone-ranger blend of Roussanne and Viognier, and it shows both off beautifully. Lovely nose of honeysuckle, peaches, apricots, and a myriad of spices. Despite the gracefulness of the aromas, the fruit flavors tweaking the taste buds are remarkably rich and forceful. Yet the wine does not feel heavy or overdone in any... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

  • Perrin "La Vieille Ferme" 2009


    My Rating 83. This wine is a simple wine in the tradition of the southern Rhone Region. A blend of four different wines.The nose is medium berry very long. The taste is light with neither an objectional taste nor a interesting flavour.This is good for a garden party on a hot afternoon. Don't invite a wine lover he midgt not like it.At $ 11 for a... Read More

    Wine review by Wolle

  • Lionheart Wines White Rhone Blend Russian River Valley Saralee's Vineyard 2007


    Excellent California white rhone, made in a rhone style with a touch of California terroir. Would pair well with Summer outdoor cuisine, e.g. seafood, avocado on crackers, lime chicken. Pop and pour. Tested at 58 deg F. Improved with air time. Nose of creamy lemon, lime and mineral. In the mouth has a round, smooth, and creamy feel as it c... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Twisted Tree Vineyards White Rhone Blend Marsanne Roussanne 2009


    This Lake Osoyoos white has a nose of stewed fruit such as apricots, peaches, ... of these grapes (especially Roussanne) know well; there is more stone fruit and that mystifying yet enticing orange Pekoe tea on the palate. This wine is a match for any but the best Rhone whites. And bravo on the price to Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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