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Roussette grape variety
Wine glossary

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

The Roussette grape is a premium variety found in the Savoie area of Eastern France and is responsible for the luscious white wines that are produced there. It is also has two appellations that include the name, Roussette de Savoie and Roussette du Bugey. In Roussette de Savoie the grape is known locallly as Altesse.
The tiny (57 hectares) AOC appellation of Seyssel which was created in 1998 also uses Roussette exclusively.
Roussette makes highly perfumed wines with good acidity which leads to longevity - the best wines will last for decades.
It is possible that this is a similar (same?) grape to the Hungarian Furmint.
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