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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Domaine de Lancyre Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Languedoc, South of France, France
Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Alban Estate Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
Terre Rouge Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Sierra Foothills, California
Tablas Creek Vin de Paille Quintessence Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Syncline Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
Hagafen Ripken Vineyard Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Lodi, California
Black Sheep Finds Holus Bolus Blanc 2010Roussanne from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
DeLille Doyenne Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Becker Vineyards Bingham Vineyard Reserve Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Texas, Other U.S.
Donkey & Goat Stone Crusher Roussanne 2010Roussanne from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
Cass Winery Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Tablas Creek Roussanne 2010Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
L'Aventure Estate Roussane 2010Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California