Thursday, June 7, 2012


Origin - France


Production       -  5 - 7 t/ha
Vigor                - average
Acid                 - good
Ripens             - end February - early March
Bunch              -small,sylindrical, compact
Berries             - Spherical, small, white, almost gold rosy at full maturity, slightly juicy.

Prone to slight rot on fertile soils, oïdum susceptible

Wine and production ability

Roussanne is a noble grape capable of producing wines of very high quality, with a fine, yellow straw colour, and a bouquet reminiscent apricot, hawthorn, green coffee, honeysuckle, honey, discreet narcissus and iris. Wines have good balance en acidity and are suitable for aging.

Roussanne gives extra aroma en elegance to other white cultivars in blends.

Roussanne in France

Roussanne is one of the four white grape varietals permitted in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and is the sole component of Château de Beaucastel’s excellent Vieille Vignes. Elsewhere in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, it is often blended with Grenache Blanc, whose richness and crisp acids highlight the pear and honey of the Roussanne.

Roussanne is also found in the northern Rhône valley, where it is blended with Marsanne in Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, and Saint Joseph, and in the Savoie region, where it is known as Bergeron.

Roussanne in the Vineyard

Roussanne is a shy producer, and produces small grape clusters with small berries.

Flavors and Aromas

Wines made from Roussanne are fine and complex, with distinct honey, floral and apricot flavors. Unlike many white wines, Roussanne ages very well due to its acidity and strength. 

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