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Marsanne

The primary white grape variety to be found in northern Rhône, from where it most probably originated, Marsanne has won a growing international following in recent years. In many places it has even eclipsed its usual blending partner Roussanne, perhaps because of its naturally high yields and excellent ageing potential. Marsanne creates deeply coloured wines full of body, and rich aromas that have been describes as similar to glue and sometimes almonds and honeysuckle. It is capable of either standing alone as a varietal wine or as a blending partner to more acidic varieties, such as Rousanne, Viognier and Rolle.

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