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...

  • California

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  • Paso Robles

    Paso Robles (“Oak Pass”) is part of San Luis Obispo county in California’s Central Coast. The f...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Santa Barbara

    The Santa Barbara County AVA lies within the Central Coast territory of California. Like much o...

  • Châteauneuf-du-pape

    Chateauneuf du Pape Chateauneuf du Pape is the best-known appellation in the Southern Rhon...

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  • Santa Ynez Valley

    The Santa Ynez Valley AVA is a large subregion of Santa Barbara County within California’s Cent...

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    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Château Saint Christophe

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  • Morse Ensemble Blanc Viognier Roussanne 2007


    A bit slow to open with soft floral tones married to deep, almost honied, quite smoky baked banana peel, and preserved lemon tones, Gains a big acacia tone with air. Rich with good acidity and a nice mineral edge to the deep orchard fruit tones. Real snap to the flavors and fine balance with rather restrained kwi and goosebbery notes that gain t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Sobon Estate Roussanne Amador County 2008


    Great nose, lots of boiled chestnuts and toasted chestnut shells, intense with a noticeable yet integrated oak backdrop. Lilacs, white pepper and very light mangosteen fruit. Decidedly soft in the mouth with a rich, viscous feel and initial honied fruit note that yields to an almost strawberry tinged mid-palate with rich orange tones and a touc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Tablas Creek Roussanne Paso Robles 2005


    an inspired re-interpretation of the classic Roussane varietal. Understated nose, complex body, a great companion to both meat and fish ! Read More

    Wine review by fredericguarino

  • Viognier, with its enticing perfume, has found many admirers looking for a ... ... blend of 87% Viognier, 10% Roussanne, 3% Marsanne adds notes of almonds, honeycomb and orange peel to Viognier's classic aromas. Superb balance in the mouth, lovely mineral tones and great acidity gives this uncommon depth and complexity. I expect this to improv... Read More

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  • Due Vigne Viognier Suisun Valley 2007


    87% Viognier, 10 Roussanne, 3% Marsanne and it shows from the first scents of orange peel on the nose which sees the typical Viognier exuberance tempered. Rather tight, earthy and almost rocky yet with subtle notes of honeycomb, preserved flowers and dried fruits. Not terribly big but quite mouthfilling and very well balanced with integrated ac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chave J L Hermitage Blanc 1997


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    Wine review by asebastiani

  • Lavender Ridge Vineyard Roussanne Rouge 2007


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    Wine review by LisetteNoelpaj

  • Copain Roussanne Paso Robles James Berry Vineyard 2004


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    Wine review by robcorn7

  • Domaine Chapoton White Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Geodaisia 2006


    A big, oily, viscous wine with a heady nose of white flowers and caraway. ... ... ... honey. The Marsanne and Roussanne ground it with a bit of herbal toothines Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray

  • Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005


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    Wine review by yangstrom

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