Roussanne is a white grape variety, native, like Marsanne, to the south of the Drôme. It is well known in l’Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Savoie, Languedoc and Roussillon and in the southern Rhône valley, where it is highly appreciated. This grape variety has bunches of cylindrical shape and rather small grapes that turn red when ripe. Late-budding grape variety. This grape variety is graced with an elegant and very complex aromatic palette. It produces fine wines which can easily withstand several years of ageing.
Marsanne would have come about several centuries ago near Montélimar, in the Drôme. It can also be found in Cassis, in Savoy, in Languedoc-Roussillon or in Saint-Péray in the Ardèche, as well as on the famous hills of l’Hermitage.