Learn about Roussanne — taste profile, popular regions and more …
Full and silky in body but also charmingly crisp, Roussanne makes a stellar blending grape. Native to the Rhône Valley of France, and still predominantly grown there, it is responsible for some of the finest Northern Rhône white wines. Roussanne adds richness and acidity to Marsanne’s soft, fruitiness, making the age-worthy and highly respected whites from the appellations of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St.-Joseph. It has also earned approval as one of the white varieties for Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Tasting Notes for Roussanne
Roussanne is a dry, white wine. Persistent aromas of exotic herbal tea, a full body nearly as complex as a red wine, and distinct apricot and honey flavors make Roussanne unique. With age, these wines gain a more oily or glycerin texture.
Perfect Food Pairings for Roussanne
Richer fish dishes such as salmon, lobster, crab or grilled shrimp work well with Roussanne and its blends. A meal of roast chicken with herbs and winter vegetables is also delicious. Stuffed butternut squash, vegetarian curry and baked brie with apricots are other ideas to pair with Roussanne based wines.
Sommelier Secrets for Roussanne
Roussanne takes its name from the French word, roux, meaning rouge or red because of the berry's pink glow. In California, virtually all of the 339 acres of Roussanne come from true clones brought over by Tablas Creek and John Alban.
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Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
Alban Estate Roussanne (Torn Label) 2009Roussanne from Central Coast, California
Cass Winery Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Shannon Ridge Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Lake County, North Coast, California
Casque Wines Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
Shelter Winery The Imposter Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Napa Valley, California
Morse Wines Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Shenandoah Valley, Sierra Foothills, California
L'Aventure Estate Roussane 2009Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Red Car The Pearl Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Bennett Valley, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
Syncline Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
Clos Solene Essence de Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Maison Bleue Winery Soleil Olsen Vineyard Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Copain James Berry Vineyard Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Becker Vineyards Bingham Vineyard Reserve Roussanne 2009Roussanne from Texas, Other U.S.