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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.

Domaine Jean Louis Chave 2018 Hermitage Blanc 750ml

$335.99

I was able to taste the 2018 Hermitage Blanc from multiple barrels and tank, and I continue to think Jean-Louis fashions one of the greatest whites on planet earth. Gorgeous white flowers, honeysuckle, ripe quince, and toasted almond notes dominate the...

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Fondreche 2020 Persia Ventoux Blanc 750ml

$43.39

The 2020 Persia Blanc is still youthful and vibrant, with lots of lemon, honeyed citrus, flowers, and sappy herb-like aromas and flavors. Much more up-front and fruit-driven than the 2019 today, it's medium-bodied and has bright, juicy acidity, terrific...

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Domaine Clape 2018 / 2019 Saint Peray Blanc 750ml

$60.78

Pale, glistening gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruits on the nose, along with hints of white flowers, nectarine and fennel that build with air. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining pear, tangerine and honeysuckle...

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D'Arenberg 2021 Money Spider Roussanne 750ml

$31.21

The unoaked 2017 The Money Spider Roussanne features attractive aromas of pineapple, orange blossom and pear. Medium to full-bodied, it comes across as slightly honeyed in style (although dry), with a touch of oiliness to the texture that lingers on the...

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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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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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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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Fayolle 2018 Crozes Hermitage "Sens" Blanc 750ml

$40.78

Pale yellow; has an “up”, live bouquet that gives white fruits, apricot, a hint of ginger. It holds well. This drinks well now, carries tang, fresh sides, with white fruits, roasted nuts, is a lucid Crozes blanc. The close is powdered, fine...

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Julien Pilon 2018 Hermitage Blanc "Prisme" 750ml

$112.96

The grapes are sourced from 'Maison Blanche' lieu dit in Hermitage. 100% new oak, but Julien uses 500l barrels to mitigate the transfer of new wood to the wine. My notes read, “Impressive, great density and purity of fruit. Mouth coating, a lot of...

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Chene Bleu 2016 Aliot Blanc 750ml

$88.61

Exotic, with Cavaillon melon, creamed yellow apple and mirabelle flavors all stitched together with chamomile and heather notes. Creamy in feel, yet bright and pure, even despite the late release. Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Marsanne. Score: 91...

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Domaine Courbis 2018 Saint Peray 750ml

$45.13

Pale yellow-gold. Intense, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruits on the nose, along with suggestions of white flowers, honey and tarragon that emerge with air. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering energetic pear, tangerine and honeysuckle flavors...

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