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Marsanne

Marsanne is an ancient white wine grape variety that has been a part of the Rhône Valley’s viticulture for centuries. It is a white grape variety that is used in the production of white blends and is often blended with Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Marsanne has a yellowish-golden colour and produces wines with aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom, as well as stone fruits, hazelnuts and white peach. On the palate, Marsanne wines are full-bodied and creamy, with notes of honey, fresh herbs, floral and stone fruits.

Fresh Marsanne grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Marsanne is mainly grown in France's Rhône Valley, as well as in Australia, California, New Zealand, Virginia and Washington. It is also grown in Italy, Switzerland and Portugal. Marsanne is a vigorous grape variety that is resistant to powdery mildew, but is sensitive to spring frosts. In the vineyard, it requires moderate yields and careful canopy management in order to achieve the best quality grapes. In the winery, Marsanne needs to be handled carefully as it has a tendency to oxidise quickly. Marsanne is used in many styles of wine, but mostly known for its dry wines, which are usually a part of a blend. The Rhône Valley is the most renowned region for Marsanne, with wines that are full-bodied and intensely aromatic and usually blended with other varieties such as Rousanne or Viognier. In the New World, Marsanne is used to produce lighter, crisper wines with aromas of citrus and stone fruits. Marsanne pairs well with all types of seafood, as well as roasted vegetables and creamy sauces. It also pairs well with roasted poultry and pork dishes, as well as creamy cheeses.

Foods to pair with Marsanne:

Deep fried
Smoky
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Marsanne
Marsanne was most likely named after the commune of Marsanne near Montélimar in the Drôme of which it most likely derives.

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E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc is a dry white wine produced by the renowned family-owned winery E. Guigal in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation of France. The vineyards are located on a mix of granite, limestone, and sandy soils, which contribute to the wine's unique blend of Viognier, supported by Marsanne and Roussanne. Small amounts of Clairette, Grenache Blanc, and Bourboulenc are also included in some vintages. The grapes are all hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures to preserve their freshness and fruitiness. The resulting wine is rounded and gently opulent, with aromas of white flowers, apricots, and peaches, and a hint of minerality. It is a perfect match for seafood, poultry, and cream sauced dishes, and is a great choice for those who appreciate a well-balanced and elegant white wine.
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d'Arenberg's The Hermit Crab Viognier-Marsanne is an Australian white wine hailing from the renowned McLaren Vale region. Crafted by the iconic d'Arenberg winery, known for its commitment to traditional winemaking techniques, this blend harmoniously fuses Viognier and Marsanne grapes. The wine undergoes minimal intervention during the winemaking process, preserving the natural complexity of the fruit. The Hermit Crab presents a lively nose of apricots, peaches, and floral notes, complemented by undertones of almond and spice. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, textural, and well-balanced, offering a delightful interplay of fruit and acidity. This is a versatile wine that captures the essence of its varietals and the terroir from which it originates.
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M. Chapoutier Chante-Alouette Hermitage Blanc is a highly sought-after white wine produced by the renowned winemaker Michel Chapoutier. This wine comes from the Hermitage appellation, which is known for its steep, terraced vineyards that produce exceptional grapes. The Chante-Alouette vineyard is particularly unique, as it is situated on a hillside with granite and limestone soils that impart a distinct minerality to the wine. The winemaking process involves fermenting the grapes in oak barrels, which adds complexity and richness to the final product. The resulting wine is a full-bodied, dry white with notes of honey, apricot, and citrus, and a long, lingering finish. It is a perfect choice for those who appreciate a complex and elegant white wine.
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Clos Mogador, situated in the rugged, hilly terrains of Priorat in Spain, is an iconic name synonymous with the renaissance and international acclaim of the region. The estate's commitment to organic and biodynamic farming practices, coupled with the unique llicorella (slate) soils, contributes to wines of profound depth and minerality. "Nelin" is Clos Mogador's ode to the white wines of Priorat, primarily crafted from Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo, offering a beautifully complex yet refreshing perspective of this storied region.
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