Marsanne

 

Common synonyms: Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche, Metternich, Rhin, Rousseau, Roussette de Sainte-Peray, Roussette Grosse, Seme du Rhin, White Hermitage, Zrmitazh

Parentage of the grape: Unknown

History of the grape: Marsanne is native to the northern Rhone valley in France. There, it was the traditional blending partner of Roussanne, but has slowly been taking over because of its greater reliability. It is becoming the primary variety in appellations such as St-Joseph, St-Peray, and Crozes-Hermitage. The role of Roussanne had been to bring acidity to the blend, since Marsanne can be flabby, but when grown in the right place, picked at the right time, and not overcropped, Marsanne can produce balanced wines. This variety also produces excellent wines in Switzerland and in nearby Savoie, where it is known as Grosse Roussette. Marsanne is used in blends throughout the Languedoc, but is not one of the varieties Read more »

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  • M. Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon Villages Bila Haut White 2015

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    The 2015 Bila Haut Blanc Cotes du Roussillon is a masterful blend of Grenache ... Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Marsanne and other varieties; it has aged gracefully over the 3 years it has stood in the bottle, evoking rich spicy fig, orange, more spice and orange peel on entry... but measured out perfectly. A steal, but drink up now and buy up t... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone "Saint Vincent" 2017

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    The 2017 Saint Vincent Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a very fragrant (flowers, wild grass, and vanilla) with a reasonably smooth, slightly stringent entry; flavours are tisane, and somewhat neutral white fruit - perhaps gooseberry. This is a good quality sipper as a aperitif or with seafood. Delicious for the price and vintage. 87. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • It is a good go-to. The CdR is unique though, and while there are copies all ... ... it blind as Roussanne/Marsanne and that's what it was but a good iteration of it. Dirt cheap and really nice was Cave les Couteaux du Rhone VV - I think it's a co-op but it was a classic CdR with that earthy and fruity mix and it was dirt cheap. Another inexp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • Yes, even the mass-produced CdR is usally very quaffable - although it all ... ... the mix such as Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier.  These grapes are far superior to the rather flaccid Grenache Blanc or Bourboulenc one gets from warmer vineyards - especially if the grapes are harvested too late to preserve the citrus flavours and acidity asso... Read More

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  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • Loma Negra Gran Reserva Roussanne-Marsanne 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Fancy a bit of GSM to liven up your holiday? Is this your first time? ... and ... and 19% Mourvedre (and 3% Marsanne, the white Rhone variety). The sharp eyed Snoother will notice that the back label says that the ‘M’ stands for the Mataro; ‘don’t panic it’s simply another name for Mourvedre.  Then there’s Australian winemaker Grant Burge’s Ho... Read More

    From the article Meaningful Wine Letters: GSM


  • Sorry about the tardiness, all the spam is a pain.Anyway, had a couple over the ... a Swiss blend of Pinot Gris, Marsanne, Gamay and Petite Arvine.  Very interesting color - light orange in the glass with aromas of melon.  Flavors of honeysuckle, honey and a little of that nutty, spicy Marsanne flavor, just a really interesting wine.I found thi... Read More

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  • DM, what would you like to know?We've been to Paso many times over the last ... ... for reds and Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc for whites. I have enjoyed the cabs from this area and they continue to be more in line with my palate.  Even though it is a warm climate the cabs are not as jammy, tannic or fruit forward as a lot of Napa cab... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Pontificis Pay D 'Oc Blanc 2016

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    Better with air. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


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