Marsanne

White grape variety

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What is Marsanne?

Marsanne is a white grape variety that is most famous as a major component of the fine, full-bodied wines from the Northern Rhône.

What does Marsanne taste like?

Marsanne tends to produce rich, textured wines of moderate acidity with flavours of honeysuckle, marzipan, apples, and almonds. It can age well, taking on a honeyed, nutty character. In the Rhône appellation of St Péray, Marsanne is often used to make a sparkling wine. Sweet vin de paille expressions are another rare specialism.

Where is Marsanne from?

Marsanne originated in the Rhône, quite possibly in the Drôme village of Marsanne near Montélimar. Although a permitted variety in the Southern Rhône, the grape has long featured especially prominently in the great white wines of the Northern Rhône.
 


Where does Marsanne grow?

Around 80% of Marsanne’s global plantings are in France, most notably the Northern Rhône but also Southern Rhône and Languedoc. The variety also has a small presence in Switzerland. Since the 1860s Marsanne has grown in the Australian state of Victoria, which today boasts some of this grape variety’s oldest living vines. A small amount of Marsanne is also now found in California.

Famous Marsanne regions:

  • Northern Rhône, France
  • Victoria, Australia

Anything else? 

Marsanne’s full-bodied style is often blended with the aromatic Roussanne, as well as fellow southern French varieties Viognier and Rolle.

Our selection of great Marsanne  

  • Domaine JeanLouis Chave, Northern Rhône, France
  • Michel Chapoutier, Northern Rhône, France
  • Tahbilk, Nagambie Lakes, Australia
  • Qupé, Central Coast, California

Country of origin: France
Color: white
Body: intense
Taste: sweet
Maturity: 8 to 10 years
Price: 15 to 55 €
Serving: Fish, Venison

This grape variety is also known by the name of:

Avilleran, Avilleron, Ermitazh, Ermitage, Ermitage blanc, Metternich, Champagne Piacentina, Grosse Roussette, Marsan Belyi, Marzanne, Roussette de Saint-Péray

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The best wines of this grape variety!

2021 Château du Trignon Côtes du Rhône Blanc
Domaine Houchart
France
Rhône,  France
White Wine
Marsanne
Château du Trignon Côtes du Rhône Blanc White Wine
89
2020 Château du Trignon Marsanne
Château du Trignon – Famille Quiot
France
Rhône,  France
White Wine
Marsanne
Château du Trignon Marsanne White Wine
92
2019 Haut Chamblard Saint-Peray AOC
M. Chapoutier
France
France
White Wine
Marsanne
Haut Chamblard Saint-Peray AOC White Wine
92
2019 Villette, Marsanne Lavaux AOC
Domaine Jean-Daniel Porta
Switzerland
Canton of Vaud,  Switzerland
White Wine
Marsanne
Villette, Marsanne Lavaux AOC White Wine
88
2018 Saint-Joseph AOC Silice Blanc
Domaine Coursodon
France
Rhône,  France
White Wine
Marsanne
Saint-Joseph AOC Silice Blanc White Wine
91
2018 Pinot Noir Gemma Saphir AOC Valais
Adrian & Diego Mathier NOUVEAU SALQUENEN
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
Sweet and Dessert Wine
Marsanne
Pinot Noir Gemma Saphir AOC Valais Sweet and Dessert Wine
88
2017 M. Chapoutier Chante-Alouette Hermitage Blanc AOC
M. Chapoutier
France
France
White Wine
Marsanne
M. Chapoutier Chante-Alouette Hermitage Blanc AOC White Wine
94
2017 Le Berceau Saint-Joseph blanc
Domaine Bernard Gripa
France
France
White Wine
Marsanne
Le Berceau Saint-Joseph blanc White Wine
94
2017 Saint Joseph blanc
Domaine Bernard Gripa
France
France
White Wine
Marsanne
Saint Joseph blanc White Wine
91
2016 Hermitage AOC Domaine de Tourettes Blanc
Delas Frères
France
Rhône,  France
White Wine
Marsanne
Hermitage AOC Domaine de Tourettes Blanc White Wine
94
2015 Marsanne Fully Les Claives
Cave la Rodeline
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
White Wine
Marsanne
Marsanne Fully Les Claives White Wine
90
2013 Ermitage Domaine Prafalcon
Domaines Rouvinez
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
White Wine
Marsanne
Ermitage Domaine Prafalcon White Wine
91
2012 
Gérald Besse
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
White Wine
Marsanne
 White Wine
91
2012 Fully Les Claives
Cave la Rodeline
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
White Wine
Marsanne
Fully Les Claives White Wine
90
2011 M. Chapoutier De L’Orée Ermitage Blanc AOC
M. Chapoutier
France
France
White Wine
Marsanne
M. Chapoutier De L’Orée Ermitage Blanc AOC White Wine
99
2011 M. Chapoutier Le Méal Ermitage Blanc AOC
M. Chapoutier
France
France
White Wine
Marsanne
M. Chapoutier Le Méal Ermitage Blanc AOC White Wine
97
2009 
Gérald Besse
Switzerland
Canton of Valais,  Switzerland
White Wine
Marsanne
 White Wine
90
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