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.
Sensitive to the wind because its branches are fine and brittle, it requires perfect sunlight to develop its aromas to the maximum and should be harvested very early in the morning because its juice is sensitive to oxidation.