A very vigorous, high-yielding grape, which reaches maturity from 15 September. A hardy variety, it grows on hillside areas of low fertility. It does well in warm, stony soils, mainly in the northern part of the Côtes du Rhône region.
Marsanne produces powerful wines, of medium acidity. As the wine ages, it develops distinctive floral and hazelnut flavours.
Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Saint-Péray, (in all these appellations, it can be combined with Roussane grapes); white Côtes du Rhône Villages and white Côtes du Rhône wines (as part of a blend), Costières de Nîmes, Grignan-les-Adhémar, Luberon, Ventoux.