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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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La Vieille Ferme

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La Vieille Ferme Blanc is a delightful white wine produced by the renowned Perrin family in the Southern Rhône region of France. The wine is made from a blend of traditional grape varieties, including Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc, and Roussanne, sourced from the family's vineyards in the Ventoux and Luberon appellations. The vineyards are characterized by their high altitude, cool climate, and limestone soils, which impart a unique minerality to the wine. The winemaking process involves gentle pressing of the grapes, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the wine's freshness and fruitiness. The resulting wine is crisp, refreshing, and aromatic, with notes of citrus, white flowers, and a hint of minerality. La Vieille Ferme Blanc is a perfect wine for any occasion, whether enjoyed on its own or paired with light dishes such as seafood, salads, or grilled vegetables.
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d'Arenberg The Stump Jump White Blend

d'Arenberg

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d'Arenberg The Stump Jump White Blend is a delightful wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the renowned McLaren Vale appellation in Australia, this wine is crafted with meticulous care. The vineyard features old, gnarled vines that produce grapes with exceptional flavor and character. The winemaking process involves a careful blend of different white grape varieties, resulting in a harmonious and well-balanced wine. The Stump Jump White Blend is known for its vibrant and refreshing style, with lively acidity and a medley of tropical and citrus fruit flavors. It is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes, making it a popular choice among wine enthusiasts.
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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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The Prisoner Blindfold White Blend

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