Category Archives: Marsanne

Le Soula, VdP des Côtes Catalanes, France, 2009, 14% abv, C$45+

Every now and then, I’m reminded how small producer, attention-to-detail, hands-on and earth-friendly farming and wine-making practices all conspire to produce some of the seriously fabulous wines of the world. From the minute this was opened, I wondered where it … Continue reading

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Marsanne, Nobles Rives, Cave de Tain, Collines Rhodaniennes IGP, France, 12.5% abv, US$12

Marsanne, a grape from the northern Rhône, is usually blended with Roussanne and/or Viognier.  Marsanne brings deep colour, nuts and spice, Roussanne offers floral tones, body and richness and Viognier, fruit. This wine is 100% Marsanne though and is from … Continue reading

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Viognier, Marsanne, The Hermit Crab, D’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2013. 13% abv, C$18.50++

From the Osborn family winery, D’Arenberg – located in McLaren Vale and established in 1912 – this is a blend of Viognier and Marsanne made from grapes grown on calcareous, limestone soils.   Fourth generation winemaker, Chester Osborn, is responsible … Continue reading

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Marsanne, Tahbilk, 1927 Vines, Victoria, Australia, 2005, 10.5% abv, C$40

If we had opened this for a blind tasting, I would have failed miserably. Tasted double blind, we agreed we would have nailed this as Riesling with its intense lemon and petrol.  Or possibly as an evolving Hunter Valley Sémillon with … Continue reading

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Ava, Le Vieux Pin, Okanagan Valley VQA, BC, 2012, 14% abv.

Here’s a BC bottle made in the image of a white Rhône Valley wine. The Ava is fashioned from 61% Viognier, 21% Roussanne and 18% Marsanne grapes that have seen about half of it age in new French barrels for 9 … Continue reading

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Tahbilk, Museum Release, Marsanne, Nagambie Lakes, Central Victoria, Australia, 2007, 12% abv, C$21

This is a fabulous find that will not break your bank but tastes great.  It’s made from Marsanne grapes that are sometimes called ‘Ermitage’ because they originated in France’s Rhone Valley and were used in white Hermitage wines.  These days, Marsanne … Continue reading

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