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Roussanne

Roussanne is an ancient white grape variety, originating in the Rhone Valley of France. This variety is famous in blends with Marsanne in the northern Rhône Valley still white wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Roussanne is a medium to full-bodied white wine, with delicate aromas that can include peach, apricot, pear, honey and white flowers. On the palate, flavours of dried apricot, honey and herbs, with a distinctive oily texture, typical for Roussanne.

Fresh Roussanne grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Roussanne is most commonly found in the Rhone Valley of France, where it is most often blended with Marsanne. In recent years, it has also become popular in California and Australia. Roussanne is a semi-vigorous variety and needs careful pruning to ensure the desired yields are achieved. It is also particularly susceptible to powdery mildew and therefore needs careful canopy management. In the winery, Roussanne can be barrel fermented or aged in stainless steel, depending on the desired style. It is mostly blended with other grapes. In the Rhone Valley, Roussanne is typically blended with Marsanne and other white varieties in wines such as Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage. In California, the variety is often blended with Viognier, while in Australia it can also be found as a single varietal wine. The style of these wines can range from dry and crisp to rich and full-bodied. Roussanne is a versatile food wine and can pair with a variety of dishes. Its full-bodied nature and oily texture make it an ideal match for dishes such as grilled seafood, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Foods to pair with Roussanne:

Asian food
Pasta
Beef
Sausage
Smoky
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Roussanne
The name Roussanne probably refers to the russet (roux) colour of the fully mature berries.

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The Prisoner Blindfold White Blend

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The Prisoner Blindfold White Blend is a premium wine produced by The Prisoner Wine Company, known for their exceptional quality wines. This particular blend is sourced from various vineyards across California's Central Coast, each with unique features that contribute to the wine's complexity and depth. The winemaking process involves a combination of traditional and modern techniques, resulting in a wine that is both rich and elegant. The Blindfold White Blend is a unique and complex wine, with aromas of citrus, stone fruit, and floral notes. On the palate, it is full-bodied with a creamy texture and a long, lingering finish. This wine is perfect for those who appreciate a well-crafted, complex white blend.
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Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a remarkable white wine that embodies the essence of the esteemed Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation in the Rhône Valley, France. Produced by the prestigious Château de Beaucastel, renowned for its commitment to biodynamic practices, this wine showcases the exceptional quality and character of the region. Crafted from a blend of traditional white Rhône grape varieties, it reveals a beautiful golden color and a complex bouquet of ripe stone fruits, citrus, and delicate floral notes. The wine's rich and layered palate offers a harmonious fusion of flavors, with a perfect balance between freshness and depth. With its remarkable aging potential and a long, expressive finish, Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc is a true gem for white wine enthusiasts seeking a unique and unforgettable experience.
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Domaine Lafage Côté Est Blanc is a white wine produced by Domaine Lafage, a renowned winery in the Roussillon region of France. The wine is made from a blend of Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay, and Roussanne grapes, grown in the vineyards located on the eastern side of the Pyrenees Mountains. The vineyards benefit from the Mediterranean climate and the cooling influence of the nearby sea, resulting in grapes with a perfect balance of ripeness and acidity. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, preserving the freshness and fruitiness of the grapes. The wine is characterized by its bright citrus and tropical fruit flavors, with a crisp and refreshing finish. It is a perfect wine to enjoy on a warm summer day or pair with seafood and light dishes.
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