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ROUSANNE

Roussanne is a white wine grape grown originally in the Rhône wine region in France, where it is often blended with Marsanne with high degrees of success prodiucing alluring and complex white wines. It is the only other white variety, besides Marsanne, allowed in the northern Rhône appellations of Crozes-Hermitage AOC, Hermitage AOC and Saint-Joseph AOC. In the southern Rhône appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC it is one of six white grapes allowed. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation also allows it to be blended into red wines. The grape is also planted in various wine-growing regions of the New World, such as California, Washington and Australia as well as European regions such as Crete, Tuscany and Spain.

The berries are distinguished by their russet color when ripe — roux is French for the reddish-brown color and is probably the root for the variety's name. The aroma of Roussanne is often reminiscent of a flowery herbal tea. In warm climates, it produces wines of richness, with flavors of honey and pear, and full body. In cooler climates it is more floral and more delicate, with higher acidity. In many regions, it is a difficult variety to grow, with vulnerability to mildew, poor resistance to drought and wind, late and/or uneven ripening, and irregular yields.

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  1. Tahbilk 'The Tower' Marsanne-Viognier-Roussanne 2014

    94 points - James Halliday

    "This is crisp but powerful with nectarine, spice & citrus notes trending positively through the palate. More than a touch of class about it." - James Halliday

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  2. Tahbilk 'The Tower' Chardonnay 2015

    Tahbilk Tower Chardonnay has lovely, varietal honeydew melon, peach fruit characters, some pineapple/tropical fruit undercurrents all working in symmetry with toasty spice.

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  3. La Cuvee Mythique Blanc 2015

    A comlex blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier & Grenache Blanc. Creamy, mealy oak aromas over white stone fruit. Fresh, clean & characterful with a light apricot Viognier influence showing through.

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  4. Ch. Gigognan 'Vignes du Prieure' Blanc (Organic & Bio-Dynamic) 2015

    In the heart of Southern France's Rhone Valley, about ten minutes from Chateauneuf du Pape, between Avignon and Orange, lies Chateau Gigognan, a vineyard whose winemaking tradition has roots that can be traced back deep into the history of the region. In 1987 Anne and Jacques Callet became the new owners of the Clos du Roi domain. Inspired by a passion for the history of the property, in 1990 they began a complete renovation of the Chateau in the traditional provencale country-house style, to return it to its former aristocratic glory. In 1996 work began on a new better-equipped cellar. An organically-farmed vineyard: having made the decision to convert their thirty hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape and forty-two hectares of Cotes du Rhone to organic-farming, the vineyard was awarded ECOCERT certification in 2009.                           

    Clos de Roi Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc: 45% Roussanne,  35 % Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc & 10% Marsanne.

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  5. E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2015

    91pts -  Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate

    "Another terrific white is the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Blanc, a cuvée that continues to over-deliver in just about every vintage. Tasting like a top-flight Condrieu with its tangerine, honey & floral aromas and flavors, it’s pure, elegant & impeccably balanced on the palate." - Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate


    "Nervy green edge on the Viognier perfume. Round & smooth ....perfectly friendly.  "60% Viognier, 15% Roussanne, 5-7% Marsanne." - Jancis Robinson

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  6. Ch. Gigognan 'Clos du Roi' Blanc (Organic & Bio-Dynamic) 2012

    In the heart of Southern France's Rhone Valley, about ten minutes from Chateauneuf du Pape, between Avignon and Orange, lies Chateau Gigognan, a vineyard whose winemaking tradition has roots that can be traced back deep into the history of the region. In 1987 Anne and Jacques Callet became the new owners of the Clos du Roi domain. Inspired by a passion for the history of the property, in 1990 they began a complete renovation of the Chateau in the traditional provencale country-house style, to return it to its former aristocratic glory. In 1996 work began on a new better-equipped cellar. An organically-farmed vineyard: having made the decision to convert their thirty hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape and forty-two hectares of Cotes du Rhone to organic-farming, the vineyard was awarded ECOCERT certification in 2009.                           

    Clos de Roi Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc: 45% Roussanne,  35 % Clairette, 10% Bourboulenc & 10% Marsanne.

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