Blended with the Roussanne grape, the Marsanne makes all of the white wines of Saint-Josephe and Saint-Peray of the Northern Rhone and is blended with other grapes in the South of France.
Colour: Golden yellow berries.
Frequency: 2100 ha area planted.
Synonym(s): Also known as “Ermitage” in Switzerland, “White Ermitage” in Australia and sometime “Rousseau” in California.
Origin: Rhône (France).
Maturity: Second late period.
Sensitivity to disease: Vigorous grape variety sensitive to grey rot, and oidium.
France → Savoie
Europe → Switzerland, Italy.
Worldwide → Australia, USA (California, Washington)
Type of Wines Profile(s) –
Full bodied white wines sweet or dry.
Facts and tips:
- Famous blend Roussane and Clairette.
- One of the eight varieties authorized in the Cotes du Rhone appellations.
- The difference between Marsanne and Roussanne varieties is that Marsanne is more productive and less temperamental.