Cards of Wine

Marsanne (France)

Marsanne is the most popular grape in the Northern Rhône region.

Typical Flavors


Lemon
Lemon
Tangerine
Tangerine
Apple
Baked Apple
Pear
Pear

Peach
Peach
Melon
Melon
Dried Fruit
Dried
Fruit
Almonds
Almonds

Herbal Tea
Herbal Tea
Flowers
Flowers
Spices
Spices
Mineral
Minerals

Citrus, Pear, Peach, and Melon are typical Marsanne flavors, with Almond, Rosted Nuts, Honey and Floral notes, and hints of Herbal Tea and Spices.

Profile

Wines produced from Marsanne are quite rich and can develop a silky, exotic, oily texture.

SUGARDry
BODYMedium - Full
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - Low
Serving temperature:
8-10°C (46-50°F)
Oaked 10-12°C (50-54°F)

Food Pairing


Fish
Fish
Seafood
Seafood
Shrimps
Shrimps
Lobster
Lobster

Pasta
Pasta
Rice
Rice
Chicken
Chicken
Chili
Chili

Pork
Pork
Goose
Goose
Duck
Duck
Cheese
Cheese

Marsanne is very food friendly.

It pairs well with Rich Seafood, Creamy Sauces, Chicken, Asian Cuisine, and Spicy Flavors.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Clams. Mussels. Shrimps. Crab. Lobster.
Rich Seafood. Fish Stew. Paella.
Creamy Pasta. Creamy Sauces.
Poultry. Fowl. Chicken. Turkey. Pork. Veal.
French. Asian. Thai. Chinese Dishes.
Sesame. Almonds. Spicy flavors.

Cheese:
Stinky Cheese. Epoisses. Taleggio. Munster.

If You Like Marsanne

You May Also Like:

Cassis (France)
Catarratto (Italy)
Chardonnay (France)
Garnacha Blanca (Spain)
Grenache Blanche (France)
Marsanne (France)
Pinot Blanc (France)
Rioja White Oaked (Spain)
Roussanne (France)
Sémillon (France)
Trajadura (Portugal)
Treixadura (Spain)
Viognier (France)

The Ideal Glass

The Montrachet glass is perfect for full-bodied white wines such as:

The wide bowl steers the wine to the sensitive parts of the tongue, ensuring that the acidity creates a harmonious balance with the sweet aromas of aged wines.

The wide bowl allows the full bouquet of aromas to develop, and minimise the risk for it to be over-concentrated.

About
Marsanne and Roussanne

Marsanne and Roussanne are the only white grapes allowed in the northern Rhône appellations of Crozes-Hermitage AOC, Hermitage AOC and Saint-Joseph AOC.

Marsanne is often blended with Roussanne to add depth and textures to the wine.

Blending the grapes produces rich, deep colored wines with flavors of Pears, Peaches, Melon, Spice, Flowers, and even Roasted Nuts.

Oak aged Marsanne and Roussanne wines are both rich, full bodied and powerful.

Marsanne is valso vinified sweet. The Straw Wine technique is often used. Drying the grapes on straw mats in the sun, like raisins, to concentrate the sugar and the juice.

Côtes du Rhône

Côtes du Rhône is an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) wine region in the Rhône Valley of France. There are two main regions:

France

Côtes du Rhône North

In the North, the main grape is Syrah.

The grapes grows on very steep slopes, and are manually picked in hillside trolleys, wich adds to the price.

Côtes du Rhône South

In the South, the main grape is Grenache.

The area is famous for its GSM wines: A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.

Alcohol can be addictive. Drink in moderation.

Cards of Wine is an independent wine school. Help us to be better.

Contact: cardsofwine@gmail.com