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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  • Vinum Cellars White Elephant 2013


    Delicious vanilla cream pie notes of white peach, ripe red apple and hazelnut on the nose. In the mouth this is full and emollient, with toasty apple and pear fruit playing against peach and apricot, wrapped in a cream cheese envelope and finishing with a nutty memory. Read More

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  • Qupe Marsanne 2008


    This is just an excellent bottle of Santa Ynez Marsanne/Roussanne from Qupe. The nose is very distinctive, floral and reminiscent of freshly peeled clementine. For an '08 white, this is still very much alive and vibrant. Layers of orange zest, orange marmalade, apricot, ripe peach and a touch of salinity mix with medium plus acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Happy Easter, everyone.Today, I opened this:Firstly, bowing to Vin0Vin0 to give ... ... de Beaucastel estate. Roussanne provides the core richness, minerality, and flavors of honey and spice, while Grenache Blanc adds green apple and anise flavors, a lush mouthfeel and bright acids. Picpoul Blanc completes the blend, adding a saline minerality... Read More

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  • Didn't know Larry made a Roussanne, that sounds awesome VV.Have to say I really think 2013 is a standout vintage for CA in a lot of ways/regions/grapes, etc. Read More

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  • OT, speaking of berserker days, I opened a bottle of Tercero Roussanne and it is mighty fine! Dried apricot, sponge cake, almonds, tongue coating caramel, medium acidity and a really long finish. Sounds a bit like dessert and it is but also vibrant and not heavy. One of the best Roussannes I've tasted and it's getting better the more it warms up. Read More

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  • Lots of good stuff here and it was difficult to not open one; only the fear of ... bottles of Prado (Marsanne/Roussanne blend) and she responded with "Yippee!"Like I mentioned, I know that Robin's plate is full, what with the new job at Swanson.  Whenever you chat with him, tell him that he as a lot of fans out here.  I'll keep my Apsara budge... Read More

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  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Lou Coucardie Blanc 2014


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  • Montirius Vacqueyras Mineral 2009


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Well, the 2016 mailing list season started today for me--Halcon.So, following ... ... X 2014 Prado Marsanne/Roussanne Blend1 X 2014 Wentzel Pinot Noir3 X 2014 Alturas SyrahI was really pleased to see that the Prado was still offered.  For some reason or other I thought that I'd read that Halcon was not going to do that anymore.  Mrs. EMark wi... Read More

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  • We tipped when the tasting room person went out of their way or did more than ... Rhones (including Marsanne, Roussanne Syrah, and Viognier), were also my standouts on my past visits, and I was not impressed with the Pinot for the most part.  Many of the single varietal Viogniers were too big and flabby, IMO.  But when blended, there were some... Read More

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