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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  • Arrogant Frog

    Arrogant Frog was born in the Herault Valley in Languedoc in the south of France, near the Medite...

  • 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...

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

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  • John Duval Plexus Blanc 2012

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    A great balance of flavours including cherry and spice. A very nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by BradoP


  • Elyse White Rhone Blend California l'Ingénue Naggiar 2011

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    Rich and well balanced Rhone blend. Apricot and fig with a touch of tartness, nice bit of glycerin on top of decent acidity and some interesting citrus on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Gassier Chateau de Nages Vieilles Vignes Blanc Vignobles Michel Gassier 2012

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    Really nice French blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Clairette. Floral notes with some nice stone fruit and good acidity. A great summer time sip with a really good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • No, Karen, but, then again, the list of things I've never heard of is quite ... quite ... this Musique is a Roussanne/Chardonnay/Muscat blend, and it has definitely seen oak--12 months.So, I guess that is not the Musique you meant.It might be helpful if we understood the reason for your question.  My guess is that either you have tried Musique... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Has anyone heard of an unoaked chardonnay named Musique? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Starting on Wednesday night and going through Sunday I had the following:2006 ... favorites)2009 Tablas Creek Roussanne (fun, off dry white great for Turkey Day)200? Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel (good flavors but I think they got the grape proportion wrong - need a touch more grenache)Delamotte Blanc de blancs NV (LOVELY stuff - I am fall... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Thanksgiving thread


  • J. Scott Cellars Columbia Valley Roussanne 2011

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    Really nice Roussanne from Eugene OR. Tangerine, apricot, subtle hints of white pepper and a medium to long finish. Not overly complex but enough layers to be quite interesting. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • So, do you have your wine planned out yet for the Thanksgiving meal? I'm going a bit off course this year as I am smoking my turkey so I'm probably going to go heavy on Syrah rather than Pinot Noir. But that could change based on input from the guests.First off I'll likely pop a 2010 Copain Baker Ranch Syrah as it shows quite Pinot-like and I ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Thanksgiving thread


  • Le Vieux Pin Ava 2011

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    The Rhone-style white is mostly Viognier (78%) but does not especially show it ... as it allows the finesse of Roussanne and the softness of Marsanne to coat the palate with herbal tea flavors. A nice, refreshing wine in the style we want to see more of. 88 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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

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    Ripe pear, honey and still a touch of some floral notes. This is an interesting Rhone blend with some age and a gold hue. Still drinking very nicely but seems to be on the latter part of its drinking curve. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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