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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  • J. Scott Cellars Columbia Valley Roussanne 2011

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    Really nice Roussanne from Eugene OR. Tangerine, apricot, subtle hints of white pepper and a medium to long finish. Not overly complex but enough layers to be quite interesting. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • So, do you have your wine planned out yet for the Thanksgiving meal? I'm going a bit off course this year as I am smoking my turkey so I'm probably going to go heavy on Syrah rather than Pinot Noir. But that could change based on input from the guests.First off I'll likely pop a 2010 Copain Baker Ranch Syrah as it shows quite Pinot-like and I ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Thanksgiving thread


  • Le Vieux Pin Ava 2011

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    The Rhone-style white is mostly Viognier (78%) but does not especially show it ... as it allows the finesse of Roussanne and the softness of Marsanne to coat the palate with herbal tea flavors. A nice, refreshing wine in the style we want to see more of. 88 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tablas Creek White Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2006

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    Ripe pear, honey and still a touch of some floral notes. This is an interesting Rhone blend with some age and a gold hue. Still drinking very nicely but seems to be on the latter part of its drinking curve. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Truchard Roussanne 2012

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    Golden straw bright, with rich aromas of yellow stone fruits, honeysuckle and woodsy pineapple; flavor notes of nectarines and lemon pith with an oak frame and moderately long finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Pierre-Henri Morel 'Laudun Blanc' Cotes du Rhone 2012

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    Nice Cotes-du-Rhone blend of grenache, roussanne and viognier. Stone fruit, peach pit, a touch floral but with some nice mineral notes. Not overly complex but good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Anglim Cerise 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by napagirl68


  • Lone Madrone Points West White 2008

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    Very similar to the '09 with a rich flavor profile of ripened apricot and dark spice, slightly darker fruit, a little older but still drinking very well. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Louis Mousset Crozes-Hermitage 1986

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from a wine merchant in Sussex who I think ... white grapes marsanne and roussanne may be added.Louis Mousset started his negociant business in 1936 but his descendants sold out to the UVCDR co-operative group [otherwise known as Cellier des Dauphins] in 1996.I started my bottle the other evening with my supp... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Epoch Estate White 2011

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    With a little age this wine has blossomed into a refreshingly vibrant and airy libation. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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