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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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  • Fausse Piste L'Ortolan Roussanne 2012 Front Label
    Fausse Piste L'Ortolan Roussanne 2012
    Roussanne from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Truchard Estate Roussanne 2012 Front Label
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      • Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Roussanne 2012 Front Label
        Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Roussanne 2012
        Roussanne from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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      • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2012 Front Label
        Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2012
        Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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      • Andrew Rich Roussanne 2012 Front Label
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            • McPherson Roussanne 2012 Front Label
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              • Yelland and Papps Devote Roussanne 2012 Front Label
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                • Schmidt Family Vineyards Roussanne 2012 Front Label
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                  • DeLille Doyenne Roussanne 2012 Front Label
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                    • Stottle Winery Marcela Vineyard Roussanne 2012 Front Label
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                      • Camas Cove Cellars Reserve Roussanne 2012 Front Label
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                                • Kinero Cellars Rustler James Berry Vineyard Roussanne 2012 Front Label
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                                  • Casque Wines Roussanne 2012 Front Label
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