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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  • Hi all!Hoping to wade into interesting wine talk (and food talk).  Me, I've been seriously enjoying and exploring wine for just over 20 years. On the red side, right now I'm partial to wines from Spain and the Rhone valley, but other loves are Oregon pinots, really good Italian wines (yes, it's endless, but that's the fun), and wanting to try mu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Greetings Snoothlings...


  • After a brief introduction to the the state of Washington this past Monday I ... $23 95% Viognier; 5% RoussanneThe classic nose is filled with lots of candied citrus, white flowers, honeycomb, and a hint of vanilla. Solid acids support nice fruit, fresh on the palate which is rich with quince fruit and a lovely hint of polleny polyphenolic bit... Read More

    From the article What's Hot in WA?


  • Novelty Hill Roussanne Stillwater Creek 2012

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    93% Roussanne; 7% ViognierTight, and nutty on the nose with a subtle yet complex array of heather, a bit of white pepper, almond and dry orange, dried citron, honey, orange pekoe tea, and mandarin fruit With nice focus and snap on the palate this reveals a fairly deep core of pithy, taut, grapefruit tinged fruit that shows good length on the lo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Novelty Hill Viognier Stillwater Creek 2012

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    95% Viognier; 5% RoussanneThe classic nose is filled with lots of candied citrus, white flowers, honeycomb, and a hint of vanilla. Solid acids support nice fruit, fresh on the palate which is rich with quince fruit and a lovely hint of polleny polyphenolic bitterness. This is a pretty zesty style of Viognier featuring intriguing notes of green ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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


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