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HomeNews!Saga of Grape Varieties: Marsanne

May 22 2018

Saga of Grape Varieties: Marsanne

Marsanne is a white vine born in the Drôme, several centuries ago. This variety prefers poor and rocky soils. The ideal climate for its good development is a hot and sunny climate, as the one of the Valley of the Rhône, the Languedoc and Provence.

This vine is also called “grosse roussette” or “abundance” in certain regions, because it is very productive and fertile. It can be recognized by its bug grapes of small, round and very juicy bays.

Marsanne gives elegant and fine wines. These wines deliver fruity aromas, of peach and citrus fruits, but also floral notes, as for example the honeysuckle or the jasmine. Other tasting notes complete the Marsanne wines, as the quince, the apricot or the hazelnut.

This vine is often blended with Roussanne. They complement each other perfectly: together they give light wines, with low acidity, with yellow fruits, white fruits and flowers aromas and with delicate notes of honey. The Protected designation of origin “Corbières” express perfectly the blend of those two grapes. These vines are part of the grape are planted on the Domaine de Villemajou, and express themselves marvelously on the Château of Villemajou Grand vin White, which is an AOP Corbières.

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