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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.

Le Vieux Pin 2019 Ava 750ml

$38.17

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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Poplar Grove 2015 MRV 750ml

$26.00

Soft honey in colour with enticing aromas of sweet plantains and manuka honey. The first sip brings flavours of toasted hazelnuts and marmalade. The finish lingers with lemon-ginger jam and fresh nectarines. This unique blend of Roussanne, Marsanne,...

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Terravista 2019 Figaro 750ml

$28.52

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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Domaine Jean Louis Chave 2017 Hermitage Blanc 750ml

$335.99

In the end, I'm unable to definitely say that the 2017 Hermitage Blanc is better than the stupendous 2016. Of course, I sampled it just three days after it was bottled, so I've appended the + to my rating, as there's a possibility the wine may have been...

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Domaine Belle 2016 Hermitage Blanc 750ml

$121.65

“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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Domaine Clape 2016 Saint Peray Blanc 750ml

$60.78

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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Yalumba 2019 Eden Valley Roussanne 750ml

$39.04

Good wine for the category. Mid-weighted, with lavender, a faint whiff of apricot pith, darjeeling and white florals. Great nose! The palate is more reliant on a waft of chew, over acidity. I would like a bit more textural amplitude, but hey, a very nice...

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Domaine du Colombier 2018 Crozes Hermitage Blanc 750ml

$47.74

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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Rigour & Whimsy 2019 Roussanne Marsanne 750ml

$38.50

This wine loves reminiscing about the before times while cheekily day drinking in a public park    Drink this al fresco with little fried things and fish - think tempura and toro nigiri, or fried zucchini blossoms and vitello...

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Jean-Louis Chave Selection 2015 Hermitage Blanche 750ml

$117.30

Drinking beautifully today, the 2015 Hermitage Blanche reveals a healthy, rich gold color as well as classic Hermitage Blanc notes of buttered orchard fruits, white flowers, toasted almonds, and honeyed cream. Beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied,...

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Domaine Clape 2017 Saint Peray Blanc 750ml

$69.47

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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