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Roussanne grape variety
Wine glossary
Country: France

If you ask people to name some white wine grapes then they invariably will mention Chardonnay and Riesling - they might even mention some of the trendy white varieties such as Albarino or Gruner Veltliner, but Roussanne, one of the most noble of the Rhone white varieties, rarely gets a run. Yet some of the finest whites from Chateauneuf-du-Pape are based partly on this grape. It can also be used in red wines from here as well in the same way as Viognier is used in the Northern Rhone to round out the powerful Syrah-based wines.
Roussanne is thought to be native to the Rhone area and plantings of this grape can be seen throughout the plains on both sides of the Rhone and on the slopes of Mont Ventoux. It is also found throughout Provence and the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
It is a slow-ripening grape that exhibits a pleasing acidity and benefits from some oak treatment. It adds complexity, aromas and longevity to wines.
Roussanne is used in the white wines from Chateau Unang in the Cotes du Ventoux appellation whose Cuvee Adeline is a lively, complex and immensely satisfying wine that really shows what this grape is capable of delivering.
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