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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  • I don't know where the grapes are grown, but I know that part of Texas is a lot more humid than anywhere in France and it's also a lot farther south in terms of latitude. In fact, most of it is even south of Spain. So why not look at grapes from southern Spain, Italy and Sicily? Who is growing Nero d'Avola for example? Here in Temecula there is ... Read More

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  • Very interesting.  Thanks for the update.  I don't think I have ever seen a Texas wine on the shelf of any local retail store, but maybe that will change. Read More

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  • Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top by Andrew ChalkWe have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to f... Read More

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  • Chateau Unang 'La Gardy ' Ventoux 2007

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... a blend of 94% syrah and 6% roussanne,an unusual combination and spent 12 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast chicken and I did enjoy it. I would describe it as fresh with a blackcurrant and cherry style fruit and a slight spicy or peppery afterta... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Anaba Alder Springs Vyd Mendocino 2010

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    Great Surprise, even more so because I cannot remember how I received this Wine. Lovely, well rounded and big and silky in the mouth. Great blend of stone fruit, a hint of smoke, some oak, then - a swelling sweet cream with just a bit of vanilla taste...lingering on and on. Had this alone, but suspect it would pair perfectly with any number of ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cousino-Macul Isidora Sauvignon Gris 2012

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    Interesting Maipo white made from Sauvignon Gris which is a clonal mutation of ... bit of perfume similar to a roussanne but lighter. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Cline Cellars White Rhone Blend Carneros Marsanne Roussanne 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by napagirl68


  • Adelaida Version White Anna's & Glenrose Vineyards 2012

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    Fantastic Paso white Rhone blend of grenache blanc, picpoul blanc, viognier and roussanne. Nice and crisp but with some slightly round and perfume notes. Creamy lemon pith and melon along with a touch of honey. Fairly long tongue coating finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Vivant 2011

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    A bright, light bodied, balanced wine. Notes of apple, meyer lemon, pear, nectarine. More fresh fruit than plush soft tropical flavours here. Lots of well balanced, soft, mouth watering acidity. Medium bodied. Medium finish. Apparently this does get some oak treatment/aging on the lees, but I don't get any oaky notes from drinking this one. This... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Michel Gassier Costières-de-Nîmes Buti Nages 2012

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    Nice quality mid-week quaff from the southern Rhone. Nice stone fruits, ripe pear and melon with medium acidity and short to medium finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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