This is a quintessential northern Rhône grape variety with a faintly nutty character usually blended with the zippier Roussanneto make the dry whites of Crozes Hermitage, St.Joseph, Côtes du Rhône and at its best, the rare white Hermitage.
It is becoming increasingly popular in the south of France as a
blender and it’s long been grown in Australia’s Goulburn Valley. With the
popularity of Rhône varieties in California, it’s being tried out with some
success here too.
What does it taste like?
- marzipan-like and nutty
- opulently rich, honeysuckle aromas
MARSANNE is the blending partner of the higher quality ROUSSANNE and
has a faintly peachy, nutty, blanched almondy character which can veer
towards the flavour of marzipan. It is full-bodied, fat and becomes
opulently rich with honeysuckle aromas and a mango-like tropical
fruitiness in parts of Australia and California.