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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  • 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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    Wine review by peskycat1

  • 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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  • Sitting at the kitchen table after a long day of travel and sorting through my ... blend (Grenache Blanc and Roussanne).  All were well made but nothing really rung my bell. We then walked across the room to the Carina tasting bar. They produce mainly Rhone style wines, a couple 2011 GSMs, a viognier, a 2009 syrah and our first zin of the trip... Read More

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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • Maybe a tad darker DM but there was always curtains over the window before. Now ... case of Derby 15 White Blend Roussanne Marsanne a few years back that I snagged from LastBottle for like $12per and they were really enjoyable.&nbs Read More

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  • Went to Murphys, CA today for lunch, and ended up with a few bottles of ... ... ... and wanted to taste some Roussanne, but they were sold out.  Their white Rhone blend was very good- the 2013 Cotes du Calaveras Blanc  (42% Marsanne, 32% Viognier, 23% Roussanne, and 3% Grenache Blanc).  Thought of you, Vin0Vin0 when tasting this:-)But it's COL... Read More

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  • Abbotts & Delaunay Languedoc Reserve 2013


    This Languedoc white leans on the aromatic varietal Vermentino for backbone and ... tea flavours associated with Roussanne and Marsanne along with greater viscosity and mouth-feel than Vermentino alone can provide. Quite thirst-quenching and soft. Also good value. 86 point Read More

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