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.

Domaine Jean Louis Chave 2016 Hermitage Blanc 750ml

$322.99

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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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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Le Vieux Pin 2018 Ava 750ml

$38.17

Late-ripening Viognier, Rousanne, 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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Lake Breeze 2017 Roussanne 750ml

$29.77

  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 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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Fondreche 2018 Persia Ventoux Blanc 750ml

$43.39

“This wine comes from a single vineyard of old vine Roussanne that yields just enough grapes for one foudre to be produced each year. A bright, clear wine with hints of green reflecting around the edges. The nose is redolent with white fruits,...

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Yalumba 2017 Eden Valley Roussanne 750ml

$41.65

Straw green in colour. Aromas are reminiscent of walking through wild flowers; camomile, lavender, wild rose and the suggestion of a nearby bee hive. The palate is silky yet defined, with white fleshed peach, vanilla custard and cumquat layered over...

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