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.
- Sauvignon Blanc750
- Pinot Gris/Grigio317
- Other White Blends275
- Chenin Blanc112
- Other White Wine105
- Rhône White Blends104
- Gruner Veltliner86
- Bordeaux White Blends46
- Pinot Blanc45
- Melon de Bourgogne27
- Grenache Blanc20
- Muller Thurgau4
- Ribolla Gialla4
- Pedro Ximénez2
Stolpman Vineyards Roussanne 2017Roussanne from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Black Sheep Finds Holus Bolus Blanc 2017Roussanne from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Ben Haines Roussanne 2017Roussanne from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Eric Texier Brezeme Roussanne 2017Roussanne from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
Cass Winery Roussanne 2017Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Truchard Estate Roussanne 2017Roussanne from Carneros, California
Kinero Cellars Rustler James Berry Vineyard Roussanne 2017Roussanne from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
DeLille Doyenne Roussanne 2017Roussanne from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Andre & Michel Quenard Chignin-Bergeron Les Terrasses 2017Roussanne from Savoie, France
Covenant Mensch Roussanne (OU Kosher) 2017Roussanne from Lodi, California
Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2017Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France