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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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  • Cass Winery Roussanne 2018 Front Label
    Cass Winery Roussanne 2018
    Roussanne from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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    • Dandelion Vineyards Honeypot of the Barossa Roussanne 2018  Front Label
      Dandelion Vineyards Honeypot of the Barossa Roussanne 2018
      Roussanne from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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      • Covenant Mensch Roussanne (OU Kosher) 2018  Front Label
        Covenant Mensch Roussanne (OU Kosher) 2018
        Roussanne from Lodi, California
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          Truchard Estate Roussanne 2018
          Roussanne from Carneros, California
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          • Eric Texier Brezeme Roussanne 2018  Front Label
            Eric Texier Brezeme Roussanne 2018
            Roussanne from Cotes du Rhone, Rhone, France
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            • Black Sheep Finds Holus Bolus Blanc 2018  Front Label
              Black Sheep Finds Holus Bolus Blanc 2018
              Roussanne from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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              • Stolpman Vineyards Roussanne 2018
                Roussanne from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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              • Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2018  Front Label
                Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes Roussanne 2018
                Roussanne from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
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