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The Marsanne Grape


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About Marsanne

(Synonyms: Avilleran, Ermitage, Hermitage, Grosse Roussette, Marsanne Blanche, Roussette de Saint-Péray.)

Background

Map showing the Rhône region of France.

Marsanne is a white-wine grape originating in the northen Rhône region of France, which remains its primary home today. It is an important ingredient grape in Rhône white blends, along with Roussette, considered a natural partner variety. But Marsanne is now being seen more and more as a monovarietal, especially in Australia, where the variety has found a second home.

When vinified as a monovarietal, its essence is richness. Marsanne tends to make deeply colored thick wines with fairly low acids but high alcohol, and modest aromas and flavors of almond and honeysuckle, sometimes with a bit of spice overtone. If sufficient care is not taken, the wines’ richness can turn to flabbiness, especially owing to the naturally low acidity. Particularly good specimens are age-worthy (including some oak-barrel aging), sometimes wanting as much as a decade to peak; at that peak, they can become honeyed and nutty, and such wines are prized.

Factoid: Marsanne is slowly but surely edging out Roussanne in Rhône whites owing to Roussanne being harder to grow well.

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Some Descriptions of Marsanne Wines

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Some Marsannes to Try

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Monovarietal Marsanne is not yet a staple on retailers’ shelves, so not only is the list below a bit short, but those wines on it are not as widely available as we prefer in our list items. But it is what it is…


Tahbilk Marsanne
(Australian. This is their basic bottling from among many; especially do not confuse it with their upscale “Museum” or “1927 Vines” releases.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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Cave Yves Cuilleron “Les Vignes d’a Cote” Marsanne
(Rhône.)

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• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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Cave de Tain Marsanne Vins de Pays des Collines Rhodiannes
(L’Hermitage, France; of many Marsannes by them, this is their basic bottling.)

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• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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Qupé Marsanne
(Santa Ynez Valley, California; this is their basic bottling, not any of their upscale named Marsannes.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
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For a Splurge

Our nomination is the Alain Voge “Fleur de Crussol” Saint-Péray.

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