Roussanne is a white wine grape grown predominantly in the Rhône Valley of France. It is often blended with Marsanne in most Northern Rhône appellations. Roussanne is also planted in many New World regions including Australia, California and Washington. Roussanne produces aromatic whites with high acidity and notes of herbal tea, honey and pear. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Roussanne among our extensive Roussanne wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Roussanne reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Roussanne, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.
Another stellar effort from this terrific new winery. Luscious aromas—stone fruits, candy, wax, peel, honey, cumin, allspice—it just keeps on going. Firm in the mouth, with the same exotic and refined blend of interesting spices and fruits. A tour de force.
Roussanne is really hard to pull off in California, but if anyone can do it, Zaca Mesa can. It’s as good as the 2007, showing nectarine, pear and tangerine flavors, with the creamy, yeasty complexities of a fine barrel-fermented Chardonnay. It’s dry and crisp in acidity and even has a fine, steely minerality. Drink now.
Rhône specialist Jaffurs turns their talented hand to this rare variety, with grapes from the highly-regarded Stolpman Vineyard, in the emerging Ballard Canyon area. The wine is, in a word, terrific. It’s dry and crisp, with a fleshy mouthfeel, and the peach, lime and tropical fruit flavors have a delicious, umami edge of prosciutto. Some new French oak adds even…
For the Winemaker’s Select, a small block of Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Roussanne was cropped down to two tons per acre and fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel. The results are impressive—a sensationally lively, leesy, creamy wine, with flavors of lime, melon and a hint of honey. It offers superb minerality, length and compression.
A superb, 100% varietal Roussanne, with generous, toasty oak and polished, tart, tasty, supple stone fruits at the core. Excellent definition across a mix of peach and light tropical flavors, with suggestions of lanolin and beeswax. Just a bit of heat in the finish.
Just about the best white wine out of Australia this year, this Roussanne isn’t a fleshy wine, but it has beauty, power and structure in its corner. Full-bodied with powdery tannins, it has flavors of honeydew, peach fuzz and mineral, and an herbal-peppery finish that lingers on the tongue. Nose is a tantalizing mix of marzipan, jasmine and clover. Just excellent.
An excellent follow-up to the 2011 Roussanne, this elegant, precise wine intrigues from the first sniffs of camomile, lemon zest and honeysuckle, right on through a full-bodied middle with a range of stone fruits. There’s a refreshing baseline of wet stone, and some very pretty toast from a mix of new, neutral oak and stainless fermentations.