It is called “Roussanne” because of its color russet (reddish brown), when it is at its full maturity.
It is a direct competitor to the Marsanne grape variety which is more productive.
Colour: Gold berries which can become russet red at its full maturity
Frequency: 1500 ha area planted worldwide.
Synonym(s): Called “Bergeron” in Savoy (France).
Origin: Rhone, France.
Maturity: 2nd late period.
Sensitivity to diseases: Sensitive to grey rot and odium.
Area(s) Cultivated: Warm temperature, stony soil.
France→ South East (Savoy, Rhone)
Worldwide→ USA (California), Australian (State of Victoria)
Type of Wines [ Profile ]
Light white wines with good acidity
Facts and tips:
- Appelation “Hermitage”, “Crozes Hermitage”, “Saint Peray”, “Saint Joseph”, “Château-Neuf-du-Pape”, “Côtes du Rhône”.
- The difference between Marsanne and Roussanne grape varieties is that Roussanne is less productive and more temperamental.