The Roussanne grape, which probably gets its name from the light-brownish russet cast of its ripe berries, should be extinct for all practical purposes. Roussanne vines give irregular yields and often uneven and late ripening. It is also susceptible to powdery mildew and rot and is easily damaged by wind and drought.

I am sure the growers would rather manage more co-operative vines. Although by selecting and propogating only the least problematic clones, it is the vintners who have preserved Roussanne for two primary reasons: it’s unique aroma and bracing acidity.

Roussanne is one of the white grape varieties that are used in red wine varieties. Roussanne can be thin and tart and is not often bottled on its own, typically being blended with Marsanne and Chardonnay grapes.

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