We are all familiar with the white wines of the Rhone and  Languedoc.   Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc are frequently blended to make expressive fruity wines which embody the Mediterranean style.

Making a 100% Roussanne might seem off-piste but look more closely at this grape and it all makes sense.

Roussanne produces powerful, high alcohol wines which have good ageing capacity.  It’s tricky to grow not least because of its sensitivity to grey rot which makes it troublesome in some vintages.  However when it’s good, it really delivers.

Le Penchant Calmel & Joseph 2019 is a fine example from Michael Suttons Cellar, £12.50

On the nose, aromas of herbal tea, spring blossom and spice.  On the palate there is texture, exotic fruit, spice and a beautiful freshness.  The pairing with crab, lime, coriander and chilli on sourdough toast was a perfect match.

Others to try…

L’Imaginaire Domaine des Trinites 2019, £14.50 Lea & Sandeman

Ken Forrester Roussanne 2020, £29.99 South Africa House of Wine

Yangarra Estate Roussanne, £18.20 North & South Wines

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