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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

$39.04

2019 is another terrific vintage, maybe one of the best, for Le Vieux Pin's Rhône blend, in this case, 51% viognier with 37% Roussanne and 12% Marsanne, aged in a mix of new and old puncheons, and a large part in stainless steel. The nose is a...

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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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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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Domaine Bernard Gripa 2017 Saint-Joseph Blanc 750ml

$65.13

The 2017 Saint Joseph Blanc from this reference point Saint Joseph estate is a winner. Based on 70% Marsanne and 30% Roussanne, it has ultra-pure, classic notes of white peach, white flowers, honeysuckle, and hints of spice in its pure, elegant, silky,...

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