Marsanne & Roussanne

Marsanne – Roussanne is the result of the marriage of two grape varieties thought to have originated in the northern Rhone Valley, a union that been replicated in the United States and Australia, where Viognier is often added to the mix. Marsanne and Roussanne blends vary depending on environment and vine age, but can generally be described as medium-full white wines with honeysuckle, lemon and mineral properties.

Marsanne offers structure and body to the blend. It is also a reliable grape, being hardier and more disease-resistant than its partner. As a consequence, increasing amounts of Marsanne have been planted in the areas around Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph, and less Roussanne.

Roussanne, however, is more aromatic, and gives the blend lift and herbal spice character, or the characteristics of almonds and pears. Younger Marsanne and Roussanne blends typically show citrus, melon and mineral characteristics, while more aged examples take on more nutty, quince-like fruit flavors. Marsanne and Roussanne wines are easily capable of aging for at least 10 years.

Lake Breeze 2017/18 Roussanne 750ml


  Awards:Double Gold, Northwest Platinum Competition, 2018Double Gold, Cascadia Wine Competition, 2018Gold, BC Lieutenant Governor's Award, 2018Gold, National Wine Awards of Canada, 2018Gold, All Canadian Wine Championships, 2018Gold, BC Wine...

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Domaine Jean Louis Chave 2016 Hermitage Blanc 750ml


Winemaker's Note: Hermitage: flawless for many years, they have achieved a level of perfection that commands admiration. Since 1481, the Chave family reigns supreme over the vineyards of the Hermitage. Yesterday, Gerard peasant winemaker in the best...

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Le Vieux Pin 2018 Ava 750ml


Late-ripening Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne grapes aren’t the easiest in BC’s short growing season, but the sun-soaked South Okanagan is doing them justice – at least at Le Vieux Pin. The winemaking team truly allows the wine to...

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Domaine Clape 2016 Saint Peray Blanc 750ml


Pure and enticing, with mirabelle plum and melon flavors infused with verbena and salted butter accents. Offers a long, creamy finish. Drink now through 2018. 90 cases imported. Score: 92 points -- JM, Wine Spectator, May 2017 --- In the world of wine,...

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Domaine Belle 2016 Hermitage Blanc 750ml


“Belle's white Hermitage comes mostly from the Péleat lieu-dit, with a small bit of Maison Blanche. The 2016 Hermitage Blanc is 60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne, all barrel-fermented. It offers up hints of toasted grain, honey and orange...

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Terravista 2018 Figaro 750ml


For the first time in eight vintages, roussanne bests viognier in Figaro, with the former sourced entirely puncheon fermented, and the remaining 20% Viognier partially fermented in neutral oak barrels. Lush yet sleek, with orange blossoms, ripe pear,...

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Yalumba 2017 Eden Valley Roussanne 750ml


Roussanne hails from the northern Rhone but was planted in the late 2000s by Yalumba, and is now part o the Eden Valley range. It’s native fermented in used oak barrels, and aged on yeast, a method that allows it to be a true expression of its...

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Domaine du Colombier 2018 Crozes Hermitage Blanc 750ml


The 2018 Crozes Hermitage Blanc is a 90-10 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne. Nearly half was fermented and aged in demi-muids, while the rest went into stainless steel. Ripe, round pear and melon notes finish silky and long in this medium to full-bodied...

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Ojai 2018 Roussanne Bien Nacido 750ml


If you consider the loudness of our Viognier, this Roussanne shows similar elements in a more contained and elegant form. Still laced with richer notions of marmalade and beeswax, but there’s room preserved for oceanic minerality to express itself...

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Domaine Clape 2017 Saint Peray Blanc 750ml


Shiny yellow colour; the nose is tangy, on a hazelnut-ginger theme, presents a muscled start. Air and a little warmth bring out tangerine and apricot. The palate is rich, oily, sustained, de la terre, suited to sauced dishes such as ris de veau...

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