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.

Guigal 2011 Hermitage Blanc 750ml

$86.87

The 2011 Hermitage Blanc is a rich, voluptuously textured effort that has knockout purity and focus. Citrus blossom, vanilla creme, white currants and quince all flow to a full-bodied Hermitage Blanc that has great acidity and serious length on the...

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Swartland 2015 Limited Release Roussanne 750ml

$24.26

The Limited Release range was born after a wide search for the most expressive vineyards in the Swartland led us to characterful bush vine sites which yield fruit of distinctive depth and concentration. APPEARANCECrystal clear and light colour...

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Terres Dorees 2013 Roussanne Deux Mille Huit 750ml

$38.17

Another gem from the Sedimentary portfolio.  Jean-Paul Brun prefers to make his wines in a more Burgundian style.  Terres Dorees is located in the Southern part of Beaujolais in an area referred to as the region of 'Golden Stones'.  He...

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