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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  • Hospice du Rhone, the brainchild of John Alban, has become Spring's epicenter ... Trafford’s eyeing Roussanne as another potential partner (his white wine vision reminds me of Bob Lindquist’s bottlings at Qupe, particularly w/ regards to aromatic lift & early harvesting).  In addition to Chenin, I sampled a couple outrageously good South Afric... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hospice du Rhone Installment...

  • Sadie Family White Blend Malmesbury Palladius 2006


    Exceptional glass of white. Crisp, clean, smooth and light make it possibly my favourite wine to come out of SA. Deep amber in colour too looks impressive. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • We began this day wanting to explore more of the Silverado Trail.  Stops ... ... Oak Knoll Chardonnay08 Roussanne08 Pinot Noir07 Syrah06 Zinfandel07 Cab Franc07 Cab Sauv09 Lake County White Riesling09 Estate White RieslingWe then ventured down to Oxbow in Napa to visit Gustavo Thrace.  Following the whole "Bottle Shock" thing and visit i Sept... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa Trip- Day 5- 4/22/10

  • Hagafen Cellars Lodi Roussanne 2008


    Crisp and refreshing.- Tasted at winery 4/22/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Syncline Roussanne Horse Heaven Hills 2008


    great pairing for fried fish filets. Nice and creamy with a heavy caramel component. would go great with other fish as well. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Domaine de Lancyre Roussanne France Languedoc Roussillon 2007


    We had this wine with soft-shelled crabs, frits and asparagus. It was crisp and dry, just what we wanted with the butter/lemon sauce and it will become a regular in our wine rack. We think we had a good value at $15.00 but seeing that it is selling for over $20.00 would warrent buying a case or 2. Read More

    Wine review by MarvelousMaxie

  • I'm looking for recommendations to pair with the following:Salad: Watercress, Jicama & Orange salad with a toasted pumpkin seed vinagretteCrab Tostada: Jumbo lump crab meat with jalapeno and avacadoWas thinking something sparkling or maybe a Reisling.  I'd like to hear your thoughts.   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Food and wine pairing

  • Donelan White Rhone Blend Bennett Valley Venus 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by outthere

  • Tablas Creek White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by caltrop

  • Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape Roussanne Vieilles Vignes 1990


    Opened a well maintained bottle from my own cellar of the '90 vintage (believe this to be a factor on this huge, long-lived wine -- it simply keeps going). Tasted it over five hours: the longer it sat the more pronounced the jammy blueberries and black-olive residue on the side of the tongue. Tannins started and remained round and smooth. Very ... Read More

    Wine review by Poldark Maximus

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