Getting to know
WHERE TO FIND THE Roussanne GRAPE
Roussanne is a key ingredient in the white wine blends of the Northern Rhone regions of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage Saint-Joseph, and in the sparkling wines of Saint-Peray.
On the palate, Rousanne wine shows pear and beeswax with notable intensity. Dominant flavors include Meyers Lemon, Madarian Orange, apricot, fresh nectarine, beeswax pollen,chamomile, yeast, and brioche.
Key characteristics include high acidity, making it a food-friendly wine. If left to ripen on the vine too long, it shows high levels of alcohol. When blended with Marsanne, it gives aromatic intensity that complements the richer counterpart’s structure and body to its Marsanne counterpart.
WHat TO know about the Rossanne GRAPe
Wines produced from the Roussanne grape are quite intense, often developing a silky oily texture while Marsanne adds fat, rich textures with more fruitiness. Roussanne also brings aroma, elegance, and acidic complexities to blending.
The Roussanne grape benefits from warm temperatures with Southern France’s extended sunlight hours helping it achieve full maturation. It struggles in cooler climates, resulting in rot. France and the USA are the top producing countries.
Temperamental in cultivation, the Roussanne grape is susceptible to oidium (rot). The grapes grow in compact clusters and can be hard to monitor properly. The tight clusters do not allow air to move freely, which is how rot sets in.
When ripe, the berries have a beautiful gold, copper-tinted hue. Once harvested, the berries oxidize quickly.
how TO enjoy Rossanne wine
Roussanne Wine Pairing:
Practical Tips for Drinking Roussanne Wine:
Glassware: Chardonnay glass with a large bowl.
Shelf life: 5 to 10 years
Bottle Prices: Up to $25; premiere regions like Chateauneauf-du-Pape are much pricier.