Along with Marsanne, Roussanne is one of the traditional white varieties of the northern Rhône and is particularly found in Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitages. Of the two, Roussanne is the more delicate and elegant - it's also one of the 13 permitted grapes in Châteauneuf-du-Pape (used for both red and white wines).
Considered a grape of great finesse, yet seldom appearing on its own, Roussanne is blended most often with grapes such as Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. When fully ripe, it has a delicate honeysuckle aroma.
Elegant with a delicate honeysuckle character
Wines to Try
Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Westend Estate The Boxer
Rhône Valley, Languedoc, Paso Robles, New South Whales
- Roussanne is one of four permitted varieties in white Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
- Château de Beaucastel produces tiny quantities of an all-Roussanne, old vine Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc.
- The grape has existed in Australia (in minuscule quantities) since the late 19th century.
- If you like Roussanne, you might also like: White Hermitage - a classic of the northern Rhône. Viognier - another classic northern Rhône variety, now grown widely elsewhere.