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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  • Dreyfus Ashby Inc Cht Campuget Tradition Red 04 2007


    Decent for the price. A predominantly roussanne French for eight bucks? Medium body, medium intensity. Floral and stone fruits on the nose, with flavors in kind. Better just slightly cool, rather than cold. A food wine. Read More

    Wine review by Sammy77

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


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    Wine review by napagirl68

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


    honeysuckle, lemon, apple aromas. pale golden color with lemon, honey, caramel flavors. Drinking very nice, love this wine Read More

    Wine review by totoro2

  • Domaine Jaume Cotes du Rhone les Collines Blanc 2008


    Really unbelievable value from the southern Rhone, with ripe quince fruit, bitter honey and concentrated spice. Even better with pork tenderloin and gremolata. Would have looked for a case if I thought about it a second longer. Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • I tried to search for a forum about this but I couldn't find one, even though I'm sure there is somewhere. Put simply, I am extremely confused about French Wines - I know they don't put the varietal on the label but that's about it. How do you know what you're buying? Can anyone give me any details or direct me to any good references about this ... Read More

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  • Decided to take a drive over to KL wines in Redwood City because they had 4 ... ... Blanc (80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne)2005 Clos Kalinda St-Emilion Grand Cru2007 Domaine le Couroulu Vacqueyras (Rhone blend of 60% grenache, 30% syrah, and 10% Mourvedre)Was my first visit to KL (have ordered online). Very nice shop and huge inventor Read More

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  • I know we talked about this back in December, but couldn't find the thread to bring it back, so I'm starting over....What's the group concensus as to where we are in the economic cycle for wine bargains? When we discussed it before, the overall feeling was that we were seeing unprecedented discounting and the deals likely wouldn't get much bett... Read More

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  • Qupe Bn Hillside Roussanne 2006


    Aromas of honeysuckle and lemon oil. Bright, zesty and refreshing and it lingers long and pleasantly. Nice pure fruits and a great intensity. I really enjoyed this and it would pair well with a multitude of foods and is great on its own.- Tasted at Marché Bacchus 2/13/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Borra White Blend Lodi Fusion 2007


    This white rhone has a very floral/pineapple nose... mostly viognier... but blended with roussanne, marsanne.. I found it very floral and fruity on the nose, taste as well, but also having a deep balance... almost a mineral, anise finish.. reminds me of the finish of a russian river chard (though not chard- in any way). Pretty good for my sum... Read More

    Wine review by napagirl68

  • Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac Blanc Cuvée de la Reine des Bois 2007


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    Wine review by Ranjit

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