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

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    perfectly awesome; needs aging to extend finish Read More

    Wine review by qipengart


  • Torbreck Barossa Valley Viognier Marsanna Roussanne 2008

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    Very rich and fruity nose of mango and pineapple, with a creamy and buttery body that carries and strong enough acidic backbone to give it some length, although it feels like it falls a bit short. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Torbreck White Blend Eden Valley Viognier/Marsanne/Roussanne 2008

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    Spicy musty peaches and apricots. The finish is very spicy and powerful. An interesting wine, but not quite for me. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • L'Aventure Roussanne 2007

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    Rich butterscotch nose with almond flavors. Very oaky up front. Incredibly emollient mouth feel - very rich and filling. Rich and warm throughout, the wine was verging on overpowering (almost, but it managed to stay on the right side of things). Served with seared scallops. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by dmruth


  • Barrel 27 High Hog White 2007

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    This is a blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne and is a pleasant enough. Read More

    Wine review by kbjaco


  • Zaca Mesa Roussanne NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by mrgreenfur


  • Zaca Mesa Roussanne 2006

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    Lovely light nose of peach and apricot. I really like the texture of the wine, it's creamy and juicy at the same time, with the tiniest bit of a bite at the end and a long creamy finish. Flavors have nice fat stone fruits and some oak. Very pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Zaca Mesa Roussanne 2006

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    Really bold and powerful with a soft touch, butteriness and mild acids are in perfect balance, the fruits are melonous and tropical. Would go great with couscous and salmon. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Zaca Mesa Roussanne 2006

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    Lovely, intense aromatics combine hints of lychee and green tea with crisp green pear tones and well-integrated notes of fading spices, chalk, chestnut and lavender. Really rich yet bright on entry, with a seductive mouthfeel that manages to be both filling and vivid. The fruit is verging into the slightly honied, dried peach end of the spectru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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