Marsanne

Marsanne is a white grape most commonly associated with the Northern Rhône, where it is frequently blended with Roussanne and other Rhône white varieties. It is also popular in Australia, California and Washington, where the grape has seen increased interest thanks to the Rhône Rangers organization. Marsanne produces deeply colored white wines that are full and nutty with pear and sweet spice flavors. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Marsanne among our extensive Marsanne wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Marsanne reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Marsanne, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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J.L. Chave 2004 Marsanne (Hermitage)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $98
Chave’s white Hermitage is even better than his acclaimed red in 2004. It’s wonderfully toasty upfront, backed by layer upon layer of honeyed fruit that simply defies description. Yet despite the incredible richness, there’s also tremendous focus and minerality, so that the wine never seems overly weighty, and it finishes with great length and intensity. Drink it…  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
96
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M. Chapoutier 2004 De L'Orée Marsanne (Hermitage)

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  1. $160
Chapoutier’s top white in 2004 is this knockout cuvée parcellaire he calls De L’Orée. Aromas of truffles and honey burst from the glass, while the flavors lean toward peaches and toasted nuts. It’s full-bodied and undoubtedly high in alcohol, but there’s no trace of heat, and while it’s broad and mouthfilling because of its size, it still finishes fresh and minerally.  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
95
points

Marc Sorrel 2005 Les Rocoules Marsanne (Hermitage)

  1. $145
Honeyed and nutty on the nose, this appears at first sniff to be very ripe and rich. And the palate follows through, delivering waves of fabulously rich fruit that miraculously don’t seem heavy. A marvel.  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
95
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M. Chapoutier 2004 L'Ermite Marsanne (Hermitage)

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  1. $260
For white Hermitage, this is tight and minerally, with more structure than Chapoutier’s other microcuvées and possibly more aging potential. There’s a bit of truffle on the nose, but it’s not so exotic as the De L’Orée, nor so rich and fat as Le Méal. Finishes with tremendous length and minerality.  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
95
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Marc Sorrel 2004 Les Rocoules Marsanne (Hermitage)

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  1. $140
From 50-year-old vines, this is Sorrel’s top cuvée of white Hermitage, laden with scents of truffled honey and almonds. Yet despite that obvious richness on the nose, it’s a bit more restrained on the palate than the 2005, with a more powerful structure and marginally less lushness. Not better, not worse, just different: longer on the finish, more tightly…  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
94
points

M. Chapoutier 2004 Le Méal Marsanne (Hermitage)

  1. $165
Explosively rich and unctuous, this verges on being fat and overblown, then takes a few mincing steps back from the edge. Grilled apricot and peach flavors coat the palate, coming to a climax on the long, oily, fruit-filled finish.  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
94
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M. Chapoutier 2001 Le Méal Marsanne (Hermitage)

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  1. $134
At five years of age, this is still a young wine, keeping much of its appeal firmly under wraps. The tight aromas and flavors only gradually reveal hints of their future grandeur in tantalizing glimpses of honey, anise, orange peel and pineapple. Yet the neverending length and pronounced minerality to this wine’s finish leaves no doubt of its ultimate quality. Try…  — J.C.  (11/15/2006)
93
points

Alain Voge 2004 Fleur du Crussol Marsanne (Saint-Péray)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $52
This ratchets up the intensity from Voge’s other Saint-Pérays, bringing waves of toasty, mealy and citrusy aromas and flavors. It seems almost floral on the nose, yet is authoritatively weighty on the palate. It’s powerful, yet crisp, with a long, velvety-textured finish. Delicious now, but should hold well.  — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
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