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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 2018 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

$322.99

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 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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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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Yalumba 2017 Eden Valley Roussanne 750ml

$39.04

Roussanne hails from the northern Rhone but was planted in the late 2000s by Yalumba, and is now part o the Eden Valley range. It’s native fermented in used oak barrels, and aged on yeast, a method that allows it to be a true expression of its...

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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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