Roussanne

General characteristics


An averagely vigorous grape variety, it reaches maturity in the course of September. It does well on soils that are warm, stony and well drained, on thin, arid hillside soils, and on stony soils consisting of alluvial deposits and limestone. It is a delicate and very stylish grape.

Wine-making potential


Roussane produces wines of great elegance, stylish and complex, developing distinctive floral notes (honeysuckle, iris).

Use


Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Saint-Péray, (in all these appellations, it can be combined with Marsanne grapes); white Côtes du Rhône Villages and white Côtes du Rhône wines (as part of a blend), Costières de Nîmes, Coteaux du Tricastin, Côtes du Luberon.