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Roussanne

Like its French neighbour Viognier, Roussanne is fresh and herbal when unripe but properly ripened it gets a full-bodied, oily palate of pear and apricot. Odd producers In Australia and America follow the original model - France’s Hermitage blanc - where Roussanne is blended with another ancient neighbour, Marsanne. Roussanne’s acidity tends to be higher than its stablemates so can bring to these blends an age-worthy balance. Single varietal Roussanne is worth trying if you can get it - or afford it - as the few can be tellingly mega-expensive, such as Beaucastel’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape blanc and California’s Sine Qua Non. 

Roussanne

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  1. 2014 Hecht and Bannier Languedoc Blanc

    2014 Hecht and Bannier Languedoc Blanc

    89 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A delicious white wine blend of two Southern French varietals which complement each other: Piquepoul Blanc and Roussanne. Bordering the Etang de Thau, they have the benefit of relatively cool ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $3 $21.99 a bottle
  2. 2013 Yalumba Eden Valley Roussanne

    2013 Yalumba Eden Valley Roussanne

    95 Points James Halliday
    Serious wine, Roussanne is a wildly underrated Rhone variety and the masters at Yalumba show us why. With floral stonefruit backed with proper concentration, complexity and mineral acidity, this ...
    $23.99 a bottle
  3. 2015 L'Oratoire St Martin Reserve des Seigneurs Blanc

    2015 L'Oratoire St Martin Reserve des Seigneurs Blanc

    90 Points John Caro
    A fresh and vibrant white from L'Oratoire, this Cairanne delight is great value - and biodynamic. It's a rare chance to taste Roussanne leading the blend, with Clairette and Grenache Blanc in ...
    Elsewhere up to $29.99 Save $3 $26.99 a bottle

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